Xavi reveals what surprises him the most about extraordinary youngster Lamine Yamal

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Xavi has been introducing youngster Lamine Yamal gradually into the first team from late last season.

It now seems that Xavi is ready to go all the way with Yamal this season.

The youngster played from the start against Villarreal, and he was phenomenal.

Barcelona coach Xavi hailed superkid Lamine Yamal after victory over Villarreal, and admitted that he’s most surprised about his age. Yamal is still only 16.

“My expectations [for Yamal] are very high,” Xavi told the press.

“He’s a starter not because of the coach’s whim. His decision-making is almost always correct. He’s intelligent. He’s exceptional.

“I’d like to see him play with the Spanish national team. He hasn’t told me anything about his plans. I hope he stays at Barcelona for many years.

“He has the potential to make a mark. But with patience. I don’t think there will be management issues. He’s delighted and happy. He’s humble, works hard, loves football… I see him ready to play. His age surprises me: just turned 16.”