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Last Updated Thursday October 19 2017 09:57 PM IST

Barcelona miss Dani Alves, says Xavi

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Barcelona miss Dani Alves, says Xavi Dani Alves, left, of Juventus and Barcelona's Neymar battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg in Turin on Tuesday. Getty Images

Madrid: FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandes believes the Catalan giants should not have let veteran right-back Dani Alves leave for Juventus last season.

Alves departed on a free transfer after eight seasons at Barcelona in which he won three UEFA Champions League trophies and six La Liga titles.

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"Obviously I would bring back Dani Alves," Xavi was quoted as saying by goal.com on Friday. "He decided to leave, but for me he is the best right-back in the world at the moment. Barca miss him a lot."

Alves faced his old team for the first time since leaving the club last week, helping to subdue fellow Brazilian Neymar as the Italian giants won 3-0 in Turin.

In an interview leading up to the match, Alves said he decided to leave the Camp Nou after growing tired of being made a scapegoat for the team's shortcomings.

Xavi, who won eight La Liga and four Champions League titles in a trophy-laden one-club football career, also said that Barcelona would do well to pursue Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala and Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti this summer.

On Dybala, 2010 World Cup winner Xavi said said the 23-year-old "would be a good option" for Barcelona in the future.

Dybala on Thursday signed a new contract with Juventus that will keep him at the Turin giants till 2022. Several European giants, including Real Madrid and Barcelona want to sign the highly-rated attacker.

Verratti "would be ideal" for Barcelona, according to the former Barca captain.

"He has the ability to play at Barcelona, no doubt. I think he has a lot of the qualities that I have as a player," Xavi said of the 24-year-old Italian, who reportedly has a price tag of at least $75 million in the transfer market.

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