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Spain manager Luis Enrique started the 17-year-old wonderkid in his side’s 2-1 win over Euro 2020 champions Italy in the semi-final last Wednesday.
And only days later Gavi was handed a second consecutive start for Spain in the Nations League final at the San Siro.
The Barcelona midfielder played 75 minutes against the 2018 World Cup holders before Enrique withdrew him for Koke.
Gavi made a lasting impression during his time on the pitch, with a compilation highlighting exactly why Enrique started him for Spain.
Jamie Redknapp, who was working as a pundit for Sky Sports, said at half-time that the Spain international was “absolutely phenomenal.”
The former Liverpool star explained: “I want to see Gavi's birth certificate.
No way Pogba has been told to switch sides because he’s been bullied by 17 years old fella Gavi— • (@The_Gerrard_Era) October 10, 2021
Gavi had Barella, Jorginho and Verratti on strings and now played Pogba off the park in a span of few days. He’s 17. pic.twitter.com/X4BSRXhAmF— • (@The_Gerrard_Era) October 10, 2021
Sitting here watching Gavi brings a big smile to my face. This kid is not normal. Supreme confidence, incredible ability.— TalkFCB © (@talkfcb_) October 10, 2021
Call me crazy but I’m taking 17 year old Gavi over Kroos any day of the week.— peak (@cristiano_peak1) October 10, 2021
“You cannot be this good at 17. He's absolutely phenomenal! He's so talented. I'm just in awe of him, I love watching him play. He's got everything.”
Redknapp would double down on his comments by the time the full-time whistle had blown, saying Gavi can become a “superstar” if he follows his current trajectory.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Gavi’s going to be a superstar if he carries on at this trajectory. He’s got everything, I loved watching him play tonight.”
Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring for Spain in the second half at the San Siro, but France answered back through Karim Benzema’s stunning equaliser.
Kylian Mbappe scored in the 80th minute to ensure that France lifted the Nations League title at the San Siro in Milan.
Spain boss Enrique will now turn his attention to La Roja’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Sweden.
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