Xavi: Mahrez Is Good Enough For Barcelona
Legendary midfielder Xavi says if he could sign one Premier League player for his former club Barcelona, it would be Leicester City’s Algerian attacking midfielder Riyad Mahrez.
The 36-year-old former Spain international, who won multiple La Liga and Champions League titles in a 17-year span with Barca’s senior team, believes Mahrez would be a good fit for the Catalan side.
However, Xavi adds that he is happy to see Mahrez resisted other offers in the European summer and remained with Leicester City this season, having caught the eye by inspiring them to the Premier League title in 2015/16.
"Mahrez is good enough to play for Barcelona, but I am pleased he decided to stay with Leicester," Xavi told magazine ShortList.
"He clearly must have had options, but if Leicester had lost their best player after such a big achievement it would have been a shame.
“It will be interesting to see how he and Leicester perform in Europe this season."