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REVEALED: PSV saw off Real Madrid to sign Xavi Simons

PSV Eindhoven saw off competition from Real Madrid to sign PSG midfielder Xavi Simons.

The 19-year-old Dutch midfielder, who was nearing the end of his contract with PSG and was persuaded to leave the Parisian squad, was courted by Real Madrid.

L'Equipe says Real Madrid had planned to sign former Barcelona prospect Simons and register him with Real Madrid Castilla in order to facilitate his adaptation and support Castilla's goal of being promoted to LaLiga SmartBank.

However, Xavi Simons declined the initial offers from Real Madrid and decided to sign with PSV to play in the Eredivisie instead.

"After three wonderful years at the club, it's time to say goodbye," he said as he left PSG, sharing a post to his millions of social media followers.

"I am very grateful to the coaches, the staff, my teammates and all the staff. PSG will always be in my heart."

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