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Xavi Names Real Madrid Star As His Successor

While FC Barcelona have been struggling to replace former captain Xavi Hernandez, the Spaniard has surprisingly named a star of the Blaugrana's bitter rivals Real Madrid as his successor.

Click through the gallery above to see Xavi's five favourite non-Barca midfielders.

The 37-year-old left the Catalan giants in 2015, and has since lifted two trophies with Al-Sadd in Qatar.

Xavi has now named Los Blancos midfielder Toni Kroos as his successor, praising the German for an impressive three years since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Kroos is like an engine in the Real Madrid game," the Spaniard told German publication Sport Bild.

"Because of the way he plays, he reminds me a lot of myself – he is my successor in that position."

Xavi also revealed who he will support in the UEFA Champions League final between Juventus and Real on 3 June.

"As a former Barca player, I cannot support Real Madrid," he added.

"If Madrid is doing well, Barca is going badly, it has always been that way.

"I wish Juve luck, they deserve it for their work in recent years."

Read: UEFA Announce La Liga Team Of The Season, Snub Neymar

In another interview with Le Parisien earlier this week, Xavi listed Kroos, Luka Modric, Thiago Alcantara, Mesut Ozil and Marco Verratti as his favourite midfielders outside his former club.

Do you think Kroos can be compared to Xavi? Have your say in the comments section below.

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