Busquets surprises Barca

Midfielder's progress comes as a shock to his father

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Carles Busquets admits he never anticipated his son Sergio making such a positive impact at Barcelona.

The 20-year-old midfielder has become one of the revelations of the season and has already been tipped to make his full Spain debut later this term.

For Busquets senior it is not a surprise that his son has coped so well with his rise to prominence, but he would never have predicted that he would make it all seem so easy.

Mature

"I do not think that anyone was expecting it. We all saw that he had something, that he gave up everything and that he lived for football, but nobody predicted this," Carles, who played in goal for Barca during the 1990s, told Sport.

"But he has been the same for the past two years and we hope that he can continue like this and that everything goes well.

"Sergio has always been a boy that has been mature for his age. He has not changed a thing and I hope he does not.

"We are not talking about a boy that you always have to watch. He has always behaved very well. The only thing I have said to him about his game is to play like he knows how - to stay calm and be confident."

Comparisons

Pundits have said that Sergio has inherited the serious air that his father had during his playing days, but the senior family member is not convinced.

"It is inevitable that there will be comparisons coming out, but Sergio has his personality and I have mine. In some things I can see certain similarities, but that is normal," Carles continued.

"He left his studies to focus on playing for Barca Atletic (the club's reserve side) and is now completely dedicated to football. For now he is doing very well."

Busquets has been strongly linked with Real Madrid and Arsenal of late, but maintains that his desire is to pen a new contract at Camp Nou.

Discussions with the club's sporting director Txiki Begiristain have already begun, although the midfielder's agent has revealed that an agreement remains some way off.

"It is an initial contact and the offer is insufficient but I think we could reach an agreement," said Josep Maria Orobitg. "Several clubs are interested in him."