Lionel Messi reveals Barcelona youngster is the next Xavi

Lionel Messi has likened Barcelona youngster Arthur to club legend Xavi, saying he has the "La Masia style".

The 22-year-old Brazilian signed for the Catalan giants on a six-year deal from Gremio in March, setting the Nou Camp club back a whopping £35.5million.

He remained in Brazil until the end of the European season, before finally arriving in Spain in July.

Arthur has played just 27 minutes in a Barcelona shirt this season, and it will likely be a few seasons before he is a regular part of the first team.

But that doesn’t mean to say the youngster isn’t impressing. On the contrary.

In fact, the 22-year-old midfielder has caught the eye of the club’s – perhaps the world’s – best player, Messi.

Speaking to Tot Costa, Messi said: "Those who came are very good. Arthur I didn’t know that much about but he seems similar to Xavi,

"He’s very safe and trustworthy. He has the La Masia style.

"Playing short passes, without losing the ball, and he grasped it quickly, the dynamic of the team."

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