Riyad Mahrez good enough to play for Barcelona, says Xavi
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 25/03/16 12:09pm
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.
"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.
"He is talented, but that is not in my hands these days!"