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The 40-year-old has taken the time to praise the Spain international and considers him to be the best in his position

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has voiced his opinion that Sergio Busquets is the best holding midfielder in the world.

The 23-year-old was recently praised by Spain boss Vicente del Bosque and Guardiola shares the national team coach's opinion on Busquets.

"He's the best defensive central midfielder in the world. Barcelona have a priceless player," Guardiola was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"He's tactically very strong and will only become more important for Barca in the future. He can follow in the footsteps of Carles Puyol and Xavi. He's very humble and calm, but doesn't mind speaking up when he sees fit either.

"If I was reincarnated as a player, I'd like to be like him."

Busquets is a product of the Barcelona youth academy and is set to make his 100th Primera Division appearance against Betis later on Sunday.

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