African star reveals incredible details of legendary Xavi over Real Madrid and FC Barcelona rivalry

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Bounedjah, the 2018 Algerian Player of the Year has been teammate of Xavi Hernández and former Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernández at Qatari club Al Sadd, the club he joined in 2015.

The Algeria international has played with Xavi for the past three years and with Gabi for last six months, during which time the ex-Barcelona and ex-Atletico players have spoken to their Al Sadd team-mates about the intense rivalries that exist between Real Madrid and their respective former clubs.

The nature of those conversations had remained unknown outside the Al Sadd dressing until now, with Bounedjah revealing in an interview the feelings of Xavi and Gabi towards Real Madrid.

"Neither of them like Real Madrid," he said. "Xavi told me that in Cataluña they are thought to hate Real Madrid and grow up with those feelings."

Both Xavi and Gabi helped their Algerian to earn the title of the world's top goal-scorer in 2018 with 58 goals, significantly more than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mo Salah, to name a few.

Thirteen of those goals came in the Asian Champions League, which helped Al Sadd to reach the semi-finals of the competition last year.

After having been linked with moves to Leicester City and Leeds United, Bounedjah finally decided to renew his contract with Al Sadd in December, which will see him remain at the Qatari club until 2024.