Spain national team coach Luis Enrique has praised Pablo Martin Paez Gavira, also known as Gavi.
The 17-year-old put in an impressive performance to help the former world champions defeat current European champions Italy 2-1 in the Uefa Nations League semi-final at the San Siro Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Manchester City forward Ferran Torres scored two first half goals for Spain before second half substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a consolation strike late in the game for Italy.
Speaking to the media after the game, Enrique said Gavi is a special player who showed the world why he got a start ahead of experienced players in the squad.
“We’re talking about a rare case in Gavi,” said Enrique.
“He is playing on the pitch like as if it’s the backyard of his house. He’s the present and future of the national team.
“He’s a player who can play between the lines, doesn’t lose the ball, has good technique, and is physical.
“We knew what he would bring; personality, willingness to play and courage. Nothing is too much for him. He is a very complete player.”
A native of Los Palacios Villafranca, Gavi was recruited to La Masia at the age of 11 from Real Betis’ academy. His growth in the six years has been impressive and smooth.
He made his senior team debut on the 29th of August coming on as a second half substitute against Getafe. The teenager has since made five La Liga appearances and assisted one goal so far.
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By FARPost Reporter