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Arsenal's Cazorla: It will be impossible to replace Barcelona's Xavi

Santi Cazorla insists it is near impossible to replace Xavi Hernandez in the Spanish national team.

The 33-year old Barcelona midfielder has been an evergreen for La Furia Roja since 2000 and Arsenal ace Cazorla suggests it is going to be a difficult task for whoever is selected to step into his boots when he does happen to end his international career.

"Replacing Xavi is not difficult, it's impossible, because he is a one-off. Just to be compared with him is a compliment but Xavi is unique and there will be no substitute," he told El Pais.

"What I think is the future of Spain is assured because there are very young people, like [Juan] Mata, [Sergio] Busquets and others that are coming through like Alberto Moreno, [Marc] Bartra, Isco, at an extraordinary level."

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