Xavi: I haven't seen Bale play a full game
Barcelona midfielder Xavi is unsure whether Real Madrid are right to be chasing Gareth Bale for a fee reported to be in the region of €100million.
The Tottenham forward has been Madrid's object of desire throughout the summer, but Xavi does not appear to share Real's valuation of the Welshman, and confessed he had barely watched him in action.
"I don't know what Bale is worth. Honestly, I haven't seen him play a full match," said Xavi.
He also was confident his team-mate Cesc Fabregas would shun a move to Manchester United in favour of staying on at the Nou Camp.
The two players reported for pre-season training on Monday after receiving an extended break due to their participation in the Confederations Cup, and Xavi insisted he saw no signs that the former Arsenal man was unhappy at Barcelona.
"I think he is relaxed. He has a contract here and the story is just based on assumptions. He is working with the group and is in perfect shape, I think he is very motivated. We will see what happens but I think he is relaxed and ready for the coming season with Barcelona."
The Barcelona vice-captain admitted the sudden resignation of Tito Vilanova for health reasons had had a big impact on the squad, but declared they are all committed to working with his successor Gerardo Martino.
He said: "The situation with Tito is one of the saddest things to have ever happened to this club. It was a real blow for us but we have to move on. We are excited about working with Martino and we will try to adapt to his ways as quickly as we can.
"Our first impressions of him have been very good. He has a winning mentality, and despite our sadness at what has happened with Tito, things are going well for us right now.
"Martino is working on improving our pressing in attack. He wants us to recover the dynamism which we lost last season. We are hungry to continue making history, and we have a coach that shares that winning spirit."
Neymar made his Barcelona debut last night, coming on for 12 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Lechia Gdansk, and although he failed to make an impact on the game, Xavi is certain the Brazilian will be a hit at the Catalan club.
"Neymar is destined to do great things," he said.
"He has the ability to make something out of nothing and a great capacity to score goals. With him, Leo (Messi) and everyone else we have in the team, I'm certain we'll improve on an individual level."