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Algeria Coach Reveals Xavi's Admiration For African Star

With FC Barcelona reportedly chasing a striker for the January transfer window, Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has claimed that Xavi Hernandez is a big fan of one of his stars.

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The Catalans are on the lookout for another striker as Sergio Aguero is set to miss the next three months following heart issues, while Xavi is reportedly not keen on Luuk de Jong.

Algeria striker Baghdad Bounedjah played under Xavi at Qatar outfit Al-Sadd, and finished last season with 21 goals in 19 matches, and his national team boss Belmadi seemingly thinks Xavi might be tempted to take him to Spain.

"The current Barca is not the Barcelona of [Lionel] Messi, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta. In our timing, I don't know if Xavi has in mind to bring him [Bounedjah] back to Barcelona, ​​but I know he likes him a lot," the 2019 AFCON-winning coach told TSA Algerie.

"I know he could bring any centre-forward back to Al-Sadd, they have unlimited resources, but it wasn't even a dream.

"Out of all the foreigners they have, number 1 is still Baghdad. Xavi appreciates the player, he played with him, he knows his qualities and he knows how to compare with the players with whom he has evolved."

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