Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez admits Leicester City‘s wide man Riyad Mahrez has rare qualities that Barcelona would have loved to acquire. The Spanish giants reportedly scrambled against Arsenal for the Algerian’s signature, but both clubs were disappointed after the midfielder chose to extend his current contract with the Foxes.
Image shows Leicester City’s forward Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez, 25, was a huge factor in Leicester’s successful campaign for the 2015/16 English Premier League trophy.
Xavi, who’s regarded as a football icon for both Spain and Barcelona, says he’s very happy for the player after he snubbed other clubs this summer, displaying loyalty to the Premier League champions.
Xavi said: “Mahrez is good enough to player for Barcelona, but I am pleased he decided to stay with Leicester.
“He clearly must have had options, but if Leicester had lost their big player after such a big achievement it would have been a shame.
“It will be interesting to see how him and Leicester perform in Europe this season.”