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Barcelona legend Xavi gets excited about Riqui Puig

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The teenager impressed in pre-season

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Xavi has been talking about Barcelona starlet Riqui Puig and it’s fair to say he’s pretty excited about the 18-year-old.

Puig caught the eye during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, although he’s said it’s now time for him to return to Barcelona B.

Here’s what Xavi has made of the teenager’s recent performances.

“I am very happy because when I see him playing, we can see the total Barça school, that we like so much. In some way it reminds us of that football that we have lived years ago. That particular DNA of our game and that is so complex to find in specific players. And Riqui has it,” he said.

“He has talent, he sees the play right away, he knows what he has to do at all times, he is intelligent

”I hope Ernesto can give him opportunities when he deserves them. I think he’s already quite prepared, I’d say he’s very prepared, to play in the first team of Barça.”

“It will depend both on his mentality, on wanting to be a Barça player, because it is not easy, and of performing on big stages, which is also complicated.

Source | Mundo Deportivo

It’s tough to say when we’ll see Riqui Puig in a first-team shirt again but this kid is special and we’ll all be looking forward to when he makes his official debut.