Spain head coach Luis Enrique hailed Gavi’s performance after his record-breaking debut in Spain’s 2-1 Nations League semi-final victory over Italy at San Siro on Wednesday.
Gavi made history on the night, becoming Spain’s youngest ever player aged just 17 years and 62 days old.
“Gavi has been phenomenal, but it’s not normal, it’s something exceptional. He is able to play between the lines, plays well and has a lot of character. But in addition to Gavi, others have been good, like Sarabia, Ferran… the centre-backs, Busquets, Koke… in short, everyone who has come in has been at a high level,” Luis Enrique said.
“Gavi hasn’t surprised me. He has courage and quality. He had the task of marking his idol, Verratti, and he has more than delivered. He is the present of Spain, but Koke, Busquets, Azpilicueta, the veterans, will lead the way.
“He [Gavi] is playing like he is in his own backyard. It’s good to see a player with this quality. He is the future of the national team and also the present,” he added.