A regular visitor to Rojales, 17-year old Xavi Simons, made his debut for Paris San German recently, in the club’s 1-0 victory against Caen, in the second round of the French Cup, when he was introduced as a 78th minute substitute for German International Julian Draxler.

Born in Amsterdam, Simons is the son of Dutch former footballer Regillio Simons, who has a home in Rojales.

The youngster started his football at Thader but joined the youth setup of Barcelona in 2010, and quickly progressed to become one of the Spanish club’s most highly rated youth players, with Chelsea, and Spanish giants Real Madrid, reportedly attempting to sign him at a young age.

However, in 2019, Simons moved to French side Paris Saint-Germain, having failed to agree a new contract with Barcelona. His contract with the Parisian club was reportedly worth up to €1 million annually.

As a regular visitor to Rojales, Simons is often seen in the terraces supporting his former club CD Thader. He can be seen here posing with a club shirt.

In March last year, Simons was named on Goal’s “NxGn 2020” list of 50 best wonderkids in world football. He was also included in The Guardian’s “Next Generation 2020” in October.

Image courtesy PSG/CD Thader