Wonderkid Riqui Puig could be set for a breakthrough campaign after catching the eye during Barcelona’s pre-season.
The 19-year-old midfielder, dubbed the ‘next Iniesta’, looked impressive during the Catalan giants’ friendlies this summer.
One Youtube compilation video shows him more than holding his own against the likes of Napoli and Arsenal in pre-season contests.
Spanish outlet Marca report that the starlet may be loaned out this summer to gain more first-team experience in La Liga.
Puig has risen through the ranks at Barcelona and is the latest graduate from the famed La Masia academy that has produced the likes of Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi.
The highly-rated teen made his first-team debut at Barcelona last season, playing in the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa in December.
Riqui Puig in action against Napoli during a pre-season clash in Miami
He made two La Liga appearances towards the end of the season, and is set for a bigger role either at the Nou Camp or with another team on loan.
According to SPORT, the Catalan youth product trained with the first-team last season and left Messi ‘astonished’.
Puig said: “Messi welcomed me very well in the first team training session, he is a reference in everything, even though my idol is Xavi.”