Riyad Mahrez good enough to play for Barcelona, says Xavi

Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring Leicester's opener at Watford
Image: Leicester's Riyad Mahrez has scored 17 times this season

Xavi believes Leicester's Riyad Mahrez is good enough to play for Barcelona following his impressive season in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has 17 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this season for the Foxes, who lead the Premier League by five points with seven games remaining.

And Barcelona legend Xavi, now playing in Qatar for Al Sadd, says Mahrez could play for the La Liga leaders in the future, while admitting he hadn't heard of the Algerian before this season.

Xavi was not impressed with Louis van Gaal when he first worked with him
Image: The former Barcelona midfielder is currently playing in Qatar with Al Sadd

"He is a very good player," Xavi told Al Araby Al Jadeed. "He suddenly came to my attention this season, I didn't know about him before, but this season he has blown up. 

"He has made a name for himself among the top names in the English league and played exceptionally well. Thanks to what he has done for his club, he can now play for any big club in Europe.

"[Asked if he could play for Barca] Yeah, why not? He could play for Barcelona in the future. 

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