Xyp9x is ready to leave Astralis and has already negotiated with several clubs
Astralis player Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, in an interview with Dexerto, spoke about his intentions to change the team after the expiration of his contract with the Danish organization. According to the esports athlete, he negotiated with a couple of potential employers.
FaZe? There are lots of rumors. There have been some talks with some teams, but I can’t go into detail about it. I’m looking for a team that is professional and has the experience to take the last steps to be among the best. Most North American teams are bootcamping a lot in Europe or are even staying here. It’s not something that I won’t consider.
Xyp9x also discussed his future with Astralis management, but as for now, the parties have not reached an agreement. The player is willing to consider offers from the existing rosters, as well as to join a new lineup.
I love Astralis, but I think now is a great opportunity to look around, see my options, and see what the future brings. There have been some talks with Astralis but nothing is set in stone. Everything is up in the air.
I just know that I want to continue playing at the highest level. I can easily see myself using my skills and experience to build up a new successful unit or maybe help an established team take the next steps to the top.
I want to prove myself that I’ve still got it, and I think I showed it in Cologne. It would be amazing to find those other four players, the coach and the organization, to win another Major with.
Reasoning the prospects of Astralis, Højsleth stated that after the star AWPer Nikolai "device" Reedtz left to join NIP, his faith in the team’s bright future was shaken.
Given the dynasty that we had for three years, almost winning everything, managing to win four Majors… There is a really long road. I think that when device left, that was when the era died, so to speak. I thought we still could manage to win tournaments. After that, as things progressed, I just didn’t see the same era [happening] again. I’m not saying that we can’t win tournaments with this lineup, but it’s certainly tougher and contracts are running out, so we have a short window to get everything fixed.
The current Xyp9x, Emil "Magisk" Reif, and Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen contracts expire in early 2022. Earlier, Astralis capitan Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander renewed his contract with the organization for three more years.
It should be added that Astralis will play the next matches at ESL Pro League Season 14. Today, on August 16, at 21:00 MSK, the Danes will face Team Spirit in their debut game of the group stage.