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The experienced midfielder has hailed his compatriot's versatility and believes he possesses abilities no other Barcelona player has

Barcelona midfielder Xavi has hailed team-mate Cesc Fabregas following his fine start to the 2013-14 campaign and feels the former Arsenal man's versatility is vital for the Blaugrana.

Fabregas was the subject of a failed transfer bid from Manchester United over the summer after being given assurances by Gerardo Martino that he would have an important role to play for the Liga champions this season.

The 26-year-old has since started his side's title defence in top form and has been involved in six of Barcelona's 11 league goals so far, and Xavi has paid tribute to his compatriot's abilities at both creating and scoring goals for both club and country.

"Cesc is a different type of midfielder we usually see at Barca. He always adapts, he can score and he’s good for the team," Xavi told reporters.

"He’s an extraordinary and very versatile player who can play in the midfield or as a forward.

"He’s capable of giving assists, come in for the follow-up play and get in the area and score."

Both Xavi and Fabregas are currently preparing for Spain's World Cup qualifier with Finland on Friday.

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