David Villa has hailed Marco Asensio as “spectacular” and believes Spain have the talent in their ranks to enjoy a new “glorious” era.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui handed New York City striker Villa a shock recall at the age of 35 for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein, with his last international appearance coming at the 2014 World Cup.
Villa was part of a golden generation for Spain and counts a European Championship and a World Cup among his list of achievements with his country.
“We have to see [Asensio] to enjoy him,” the former Barcelona man told a news conference. “He’s spectacular and he has had an incredible evolution in the last few months.
“We’ll enjoy him as a Spanish player for many years. He’s making a case to be a starter in Madrid – but that’s not up to me, it’s up to the coach.”
“I have seen very well the evolution of the team at this time. It has huge talent with many great players.
“We all said that we had to have patience after winning the World Cup and that streak of five or six years. The quality of the squad now is amazing.
“Why is there not going to be another glorious time like the one we had?”