Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes Riyad Mahrez is good enough to play for the Liga champions.
After being named the PFA Player of the Year for 2015-16, the Algeria international was linked with a move to Camp Nou as well as Arsenal.
But the winger instead opted to stay at Leicester City and sign a new long-term contract with the Premier League champions.
And though Xavi admits he was happy to see the 25-year-old remain at the King Power Stadium he feels he has the ability to go to the next level.
“Mahrez is good enough to play for Barcelona, but I am pleased he decided to stay with Leicester,” he told Shortlist.
“He clearly must have had options, but if Leicester had lost their best player after such a big achievement it would have been a shame.
“It will be interesting to see how he and Leicester perform in Europe this season.”