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In Focus: RB Leipzig Xav the tools to help Simons reach lofty potential
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Dan Fitch
Xavi Simons will be playing in the Bundesliga next season
Xavi Simons will be playing in the Bundesliga next season

Dutch football fans will not see Xavi Simons in the Eredivisie this season but they can rest assured that he should be ready for Euro 2024. 

After a superb season for PSV Eindhoven, the 20-year-old's former club Paris Saint-Germain triggered a buy-back clause in his contract. 

The French champions have now sent the attacking midfielder on loan to RB Leipzig, who have an excellent track record of developing young talent. 

We take a look at what was behind PSG's decision and Simons' future.

No brainer

Simons moved to PSV last summer, having struggled to gain regular football in France. 

His first season back in his native Netherlands was a great success as he scored 21 goals and assisted another nine. 

After making such an impact, Simons was never likely to remain in the Eredivisie having caught the attention of Europe's biggest clubs. 

PSG had a buy-back option which meant that they could snap up the Dutch international for just £5million. 

From a purely economic perspective, activating that clause was a no-brainer for the Ligue 1 giants. 

Yet for now, there is no room in the PSG squad for a young player that spent much of last season playing on the left of PSV's attack — a position where he would have to compete with Neymar. 

Instead, he has been swiftly loaned out to Leipzig, who have a fine reputation when it comes to working with young players. 

Xavi Simons got involved all over the field for PSV
Xavi Simons got involved all over the field for PSV

Leipzig move

Leipzig's developmental ability has been demonstrated by their recent sales of Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai, which has set up a summer spending spree. 

Amongst the eight new recruits is Simons, who is excited about his move to Germany. 

He said: "The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in Europe and RB Leipzig are one of the best teams in the Bundesliga. 

"Coming to Leipzig is the right step for me because RBL constantly show how to develop young players and be successful with them."

Leipzig chief Max Eberl outlined their motivation for making the deal. 

He said: "He can play in any attacking position behind the strikers, as a No10, false nine or on the wings. 

"He has an excellent understanding of tactics and technical ability, combined with intelligence, and presents a real threat on goal. 

"He is agile, loves to have the ball and has a good acceleration. He runs a lot and is always looking to make quick passes." 

PSG opportunity

Xavi Simons could be playing for the Netherlands at Euro 2024 next summer
Xavi Simons could be playing for the Netherlands at Euro 2024 next summer

After losing two key attacking players in Nkunku and Szoboszlai, Simons is a smart solution from RB Leipzig. 

It is also an intelligent bit of business from PSG. They have signed the forward for a nominal fee, which in no way reflects his true value in the market. 

Simons' price could increase further if he makes an impact in the Bundesliga. That would give Luis Enrique’s team the option of selling for a huge profit or bringing him back into the fold. 

With Neymar now 31 and Kylian Mbappe's future up in the air, there could be opportunities at PSG next season if the youngster can deliver. 

In the short term, Dutch fans can rest easy, knowing that their brightest young talent is in safe hands prior to Euro 2024.


Xavi SimonsNetherlandsParis Saint-GermainRB LeipzigPSV Eindhoven
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