Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley perfect for Barcelona, says Xavi

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Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez believes that Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling would be perfect for Barcelona.

The Spaniard outlined that in Spain they prioritise looking for players that are technically gifted and the England duo certainly have that in abundance.

The young English prodigies have both been called up to Roy Hodgson’s latest squad for the upcoming games against Slovenia and Scotland, and will be two leading lights of this new look national side.

Xavi, talking to, said: “They have incredible physical capabilities and they are good technically. In Spain, we prioritise players who are technically gifted but both things are very important in football.”

Modern day statistics

The Catalan also said that statistics in the modern day game is a positive, mainly so that the fans can see what the players have to give to play at the highest level.

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He stressed the point that his personal statistics were not of high importance to him because he knows whether or not he has done well after a game.

Xavi said: “Nowadays we speak a lot about this [statistics] in Spain. How many passes you have made, how many you have missed and the amount of kilometres that you have run.

“It is like you and your team are being fully examined and I believe that this is a positive thing.

“I think that data helps people understand more about the game and I am sure that much more is still to come.”

Xavi's future ambitions

Xavi’s career at Barcelona seems to be coming to an end after agreeing to stay for one more season under the management of Luis Enrique.

However, the Spaniard has set his sights on furthering his career after his playing days are done, whether it is in a coaching or managing role.

He added: “I would like to continue working with football but I still do not know in what way ‎or in which role. Football is what I enjoy the most in life and I hope to be able to dedicate myself to it after I finish my career.”

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