Spain legend confident Leicester star can succeed at Barcelona

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has been praised by Spain legend Xavi amid links that Barcelona are keen to sign the player, Skysports reports.

The 25-year-old has been on sensational form for his side this season and has helped them reach the top of the Premier League table.

With only seven matches left to be played, the Foxes are in line to pick up the league title as they lead second place Tottenham Hotspur by five points.

The Barcelona legend, who currently plays for Qatar outfits Al Sadd, admitted that he never heard of Mahrez until this season, but believed the winger could be a great asset for Barcelona.

“He is a very good player,” he told Al Araby Al Jadeed.

“He suddenly came to my attention this season, I didn’t know about him before, but this season he has blown up.

“[Asked if he could play for Barca] Yeah, why not? He could play for Barcelona in the future.

“He is talented, but that is not in my hands these days!”

Barca have been linked with a move for the Algeria international in recent months after his displays caught the attention of the La Liga giants.

Arsenal and Manchester United are amongst the teams keen on his signature, but his agent came out to play down the possibility of an exit.

He has already featured 32 times in all competitions for his side this term, so far managing to score 17 goals while providing another 10 assists.