The Spanish midfielder called Cruyff the 'the ideological father of football.'
He writes in his personal blog: "Of course, I don't want to overlook the sad news of Johan Cruyff's death. Many things have been said about him these days.
"I would like to add that I consider him the ideological father of football; the one I try to play like and the one I look to learn from as a spectator whenever I watch a game. The intelligent use of the ball and the spaces, the importance of talent over the physical condition and the understanding of football as a team sport are concepts that I definitely endorse.
"Besides, I think that the idea of attacking and taking the initiative of the game, match very well with the philosophy and greatness of Manchester United, where his son Jordi played.
"It's a great loss but we will always have his legacy - 'He was the game'."