Former Barcelona star Xavi claims Pep Guardiola will give “real consideration” to signing Jack Wilshere if he has the chance to bring the player to Manchester City from Arsenal.
Speaking ahead of City’s 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Monday, Guardiola heaped praise on “special” Wilshere, he said: “He’s quality, he’s smart and has the quality on the ball.”
The City boss was also seen speaking to the England midfielder in the tunnel before the game, leading to speculation he could be on his way to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
And Xavi – who played under Guardiola at Barcelona – fanned the flames by suggesting that the City boss will consider signing Wilshere.
“I know Pep has always had a lot of respect for Wilshere – he impressed so many of the Barcelona team when we played Arsenal in 2011,” he told Fox Latin America.
“He impressed me a lot that night, I know he also did Pep and it will be a player that he would have been following ever since.
“We have talked about him, it was not a performance you forget easily.
“Technically he is the sort of player that Pep loves – his only problem has been injuries – and if it wasn’t for the issues he has had with injuries I am sure he would be one of the best midfield players in the world.
“At the moment he seems to be doing well with his fitness – and if there is a chance to sign him in the summer – I am sure Pep will give it real consideration.”