Xavi Hernandez has advised Barcelona to sign ‘extraordinary’ Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti as his successor at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona are still on the lookout for capable legs to replace legendary midfielder Xavi who left Camp Nou last summer after 24 trophy-laden years to Qatar’s Al Sadd.

“Verratti is a player of an extraordinary level,” the 35-year-old Spaniard said.

“He is similar to footballers of FC Barcelona in the middle of the field. A very high level.

“He is showing this at Paris Saint-Germain and is having a fantastic season.

“There are few better players than Verratti in midfield.”


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