Cesc Fabregas believes former Arsenal team-mates Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey could both have followed him to Barcelona.
The Spaniard returned to the club he left as a boy in 2011 following several hugely impressive years in north London.
Fabregas joined a team who were regarded by many as the greatest club side of all time.
Their high intensity and possession-based game was conducted by Pep Guardiola and resulted in a huge amount of silverware.
But the now Monaco man is adamant that both Wilshere and Ramsey had what it took to play for the Catalan giants.
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“Jack was such a good talent, one of the most talented players I’ve ever played with,” Fabregas told the Daily Mail.
“He was just 16 when he first came to train with us and I was like ‘wow this guy is good, strong, sharp.’
“It’s a big shame what has happened to him, I feel sorry because he could have been a proper English legend of the game.
“We always talk about how British players would adapt to teams in Europe – I always believed that Jack was one of the few Brits who could have made it big time at Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“Same with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. These guys are so talented, without injuries they could have done much more.”
Fabregas returned to the Premier League with Chelsea following three years at Barcelona before moving to Monaco.
But Arsenal have seen Wilshere and Ramsey both leave the Emirates on free transfers.
The former has seen his career hampered by injuries and remains in the market for a club while Ramsey joined Juventus last summer.
Bale himself did head to Spain and returned with a CV that included four Champions League wins, but his time at the Bernabeu was mixed given his lack of opportunities in recent years.
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