Xavi: Guardiola is a fan of Wilshere

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Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be interested in signing Jack Wilshere at the end of the season.

Xavi, who played under Guardiola at the Camp Nou, has revealed that Wilshere has impressed his compatriot in the past and would be on his radar in the off-season.

The England midfielder has less than 18 months left on his Arsenal contract and is currently on a year-long loan at Bournemouth.

"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," Xavi 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."