Chelsea Following the Progress of 12-Year-Old Barcelona Starlet Xavi Simons

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterJanuary 8, 2016

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 15:  Eight-year-old Barcelona youth player Xavi Simons instructs his teammates during his match againts Llongueras on one of the pitches at the Joan Camper training ground on May 15, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Every weekend various teams of Barcelona youth players play in matches with the hope of one day making it to the top.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are continuing to monitor the progress of 12-year-old Barcelona starlet Xavi Simons, having first attempted to sign the youngster in 2014.

Xavi's father, Regillio, played for a number of teams in the Dutch Eredivisie across his own career as a professional footballer, and it appears some of that talent has been passed on to his son.

A midfielder with an eye-catching head of blonde hair, Xavi impressed in the recent La Liga Promises youth tournament—considered by many to be a reliable shop window for future talent.

But Regillio, per Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail, isn't going to let the considerable interest get in the way of his son's progress:

Agents are everywhere. Even at a younger age they were starting to approach me making offers for Xavi, asking to be his agents, offering shoes and contracts and money like you can't imagine.

That's the world of football now. You can't stop it. For a lot of parents it must be difficult. It happens fast and if you are looking for money and clubs are offering it in large amounts, it makes sense to say yes. We don't need any of that just now. We are trying to keep them away, in a polite way.

Xavi's development is the most important thing. We want him in the right surroundings. Even if we need to move, it is the development that's important. Not the money.

On Chelsea's interest, Regillio is coy:

We have spoken to Chelsea and you know it's going to be good money at Chelsea. Agents approach me to say they are working for English clubs or Spanish clubs. It can't touch me. I'm not someone who will be starry-eyed. Barcelona is already a big club and it brings him some kind of pressure and he is handling it well. That's good for me.

Xavi Simons—remember the name.

[h/t Daily Mail, YouTube: Ivo Peti]