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Xavi tips 'world class' Forster to join Barcelona
Barcelona playmaker Xavi has hailed England goalkeeper Fraser Forster as a 'world-class' talent, and reckons he'd be a perfect fit at the Nou Camp.
The Spanish giants are in the market for a new No 1 after Victor Valdes announced he will end his 11-year stint with the club at the end of the season.
Forster has impressed for Celtic again in the Champions League this term after the Spanish media labelled him 'The Great Wall' following his heroics in his side's 2-1 win over Barcelona last season.
'I think the players all know about the Forster interest - and it is a player we know very well,' said Xavi.
'I can't say that I watch him every week - but when we have played Celtic he has shown that he is a world-class goalkeeper.
'From what I have seen he has everything to succeed at a club like Barcelona - and with his Champions League performances for Celtic I am sure there will be more than one big club interested in him.'
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that the clock is ticking on Forster’s Celtic career. The giant Geordie has been transformed from third-choice Newcastle goalkeeper to an England squad regular, and is threatening Hart's reign as the country's No 1 stopper.
Contracted until 2016, Forster who cost just £2million from Newcastle after loan spells at Bristol Rovers, Stockport, Norwich and Celtic, has attracted admiring glances from a host of clubs.
‘It’s going to be impossible to keep Fraser, the way he’s playing,’ Lennon said. ‘Inevitably, I think a huge club will come in and make a huge bid for him.’