Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has heaped praise on Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, claiming that the Italian maestro would be the perfect fit for his former club.
Speaking to French TV show Canal Football Club, the Spanish legend was full of compliments for the 23-year-old who has moved from strength to strength since his move to Paris from Pescara, via ESPNFC.
"He's a player of exceptional quality. He would adapt perfectly if he was playing at Barcelona."
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Since Xavi's departure from the club in the summer, the Catalonian giants have struggled to bring in a player with the same characteristics. Ivan Rakitic has come in and brought a new dimension to the midfield with his energy and dynamic style of play, but the Croatian does not possess the same traits as the Barcelona legend.
Barca may be keen to recruit a player who can perform in a similar manner to their former player as they achieved so much success with the Spanish maestro in their midfield set up.
The comparisons with Xavi and Verratti have been made by many, and the Spaniard was once again full of praise for Verratti's playing style.
"I like watching him play. I like his vision of the game, his passing game. He almost never loses the ball."
So far this season Verratti has an average passing accuracy of 93.3% from his 15 appearances in all competitions according to Who Scored and he has firmly established himself as something of a metronome in a very impressive PSG side.
Verratti became a household name in England last season after his performance in the Champions League against Chelsea in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Despite the Parisian side being down to ten men, Verratti along with his midfield comrades were still able to dominate the middle of the park, with Laurent Blanc's side progressing courtesy of away goals.
His ability to keep the ball and accurately find teammates make him perfectly suited for the Nou Camp but whether he will be allowed to leave his current club is a different matter altogether.
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