The England and Spurs star believes that his game is most similar to the passing ace from one of the greatest club sides in history.
Winks admitted that he must improve to reach Xavi's level, but believes that style is what he is best suited to doing on the pitch.
"It's nice to be compared to such players, but there is still a long way to go for me," Winks told Goal.com and SPOX.
"Nevertheless, Xavi is similar in his way of playing. Like me, he is not the most physical or the biggest player. I have always watched and admired him.
"I have always looked at Luka Modric, and it was a pleasure to watch him during training and in games. I looked up to him."