Rooney would have fitted in perfectly at Barcelona, says club legend Xavi

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney would have excelled at Barcelona according to Xavi.

Twice in Wayne Rooney's 10-year career at Old Trafford he has threatened to leave the club, but on both occasions he has ended up with a lucrative new contract. Now firmly established as captain of club and country, it's likely Rooney will see out the remainder of his playing days with the Red Devils.

It might never have really been on the cards for the United skipper, but if he had ever decided to make the switch to Barcelona then midfield playmaker Xavi Hernandez believes he would not have had any problems adapting to their style of play.

As part of an interview with Shortlist Magazine, 34-year-old Catalan star Xavi revealed his all-star British 11 and spoke very highly of Rooney.

He said: “Wayne was very complimentary about the way Barcelona play.

"He would have fitted into our style of play no problem, but Manchester United would never have wanted to let one of the best players in the world leave.

"He’s still the player who makes things happen for them.”

Barcelona under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola were frequently labelled as the best football team that has ever existed, and seeing their trophy haul under the now Bayern Munich manager, you would struggle to argue with that statement.

Rooney and Xavi have faced off four times in their club careers and on two of those occasions Champions League glory was at stake; unfortunately for Rooney and United, Pep's unstoppable Barca ran out victorious in both clashes.

Could Rooney have found a role in Pep's old Barca or the current Barca squad? Arguably yes. He is what many regard as the complete footballer, capable of scoring goals, making goals and defending when it's needed. There aren't many teams in European football that someone like Rooney wouldn't slot into.

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