Barcelona linked with Portsmouth star

The Algerian along with Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra was singled out for praise from Barca star Xavi Fernandes, for their performance in the African Nations Cup.

Xavi said: “I was surprised by the work of Belhadj and Bougherra. They practice a game that we play under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. It’s nice as a player to hear praise for your work.”

Belhadj was linked with a move to Portuguese side Benfica in the January transfer window.