Spain's Luis de la Fuente hails Barcelona's Gavi as key player for squad

Spain's Luis de la Fuente hails Barcelona's Gavi as key player for squad

Spain coach Luis de la Fuente has said that Barcelona midfielder Gavi is a crucial member of his squad.

Barcelona midfielder Gavi has received high praise from Spain coach Luis de la Fuente, who considers him a crucial player in his squad.

La Roja started their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over Norway in Malaga on Saturday, and De la Fuente commended the debutant Joselu for sealing the victory.

Despite Gavi's La Blaugrana teammate Pedri being absent due to injury, the 18-year-old has been tipped as the future of Spain's midfield. Over the past year, he has alternated between a natural midfield slot and an advanced wide position.

De la Fuente stated that Gavi's versatility and mentality set him apart as a star.

"He's a player with many resources. I think his ideal position is more inside," De la Fuente said, according to reports from Marca.

"He's in a mature place in all senses. Acquiring more maturity will make him control some behaviours that are not good for him and not beneficial for the team.

"Over time he will control these types of situations, but give me a Gavi over other types of footballers, with the desire and drive he has. It's contagious for the team."

Gavi is expected to retain his starting position in De la Fuente's plans for their second Euro 2024 qualifier against Scotland on Tuesday night.

Steve Clarke's side also won their opening match in Group A, and a win in either direction could have a significant early impact on automatic qualification.