Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla believes it's far too early for people to start writing off Barcelona legend Xavi.
The Spaniard's international colleague turns 34 in January - and some feel his influence on the pitch is beginning to wane.
However, Cazorla disputes this is the case, and he believes Xavi is still in a league of his own.
"I would love to reach his age and be as fresh as he is," Cazorla stated in an interview with AS. "He is one of the best players around, he’s a specialist in his position and no-one comes close to him. I can’t stand it when people say things like that."
Xavi came through the youth ranks at the Camp Nou before making his senior debut in 1998.
The technically-gifted midfielder has gone on to make 688 appearances for the Barcelona senior side, scoring an impressive 82 goals in the process.
He has also helped the Catalan giants win a host of trophies, including seven La Liga titles and three European Cups.
Under new coach Tata Martino, Xavi has continued to feature regularly, and he is expected to help Spain defend the World Cup at next summer's finals in Brazil.
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