Xavi: Verratti on Barcelona's level

The former Spain international feels that the Italy ace could fill his shoes in Catalunya, claiming that the 22-year-old is "an extraordinary player"

Barcelona icon Xavi says that he sees a lot of himself in Marco Verratti and believes that the Paris Saint-Germain ace would fit in perfectly at Camp Nou.

Verratti joined PSG from Pescara in 2012 and has since developed into one of the finest playmakers in world football.

Indeed, the Italy international is continually linked with a move Barca, given his impressive ball control and excellent passing range.

Xavi, who left Barca for Al Sadd during the summer, is unsurprised by the speculation, as Verratti reminds him of himself.    

"Marco Verratti is an extraordinary footballer," the World Cup winner told reporters in Paris on Wednesday. "He's on a level similar to the best players at Barcelona.

"His game is a bit like the game I played at Barcelona and with the Spanish national team.

"He shines in both the short and long play. He is good with the final pass. He also rarely loses the ball. This is a very high level of player.

"He's showing this at PSG, where he's had some fantastic seasons.

"There are few players as strong as Marco Verratti in midfield. He is currently one of the best in the world."