English Premiership

Marc Jurado bids farewell to Barca ahead of reported Man United move

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (PA/Supplied)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (PA/Supplied)
Press Association

Barcelona defender Marc Jurado has said farewell to the Nou Camp ahead of a reported move to the Premier League and Manchester United.

The 16-year-old right-back is considered one of the best current talents in Barcelona’s famed development system.

Having spent almost a decade with the club, it was expected that he would commit his future in the same way teenagers Ansu Fati, Ilaix Moriba, Gavi and Ilias have in recent months.

But a report last month claimed Jurado wants 'to try the English adventure' and has rejected an improved financial offer from Barcelona in favour of a move to Manchester United.

The player came to the decision 'after several weeks of negotiations' and will link up with his new club's youth side in the summer.

The Metro claims that Man United 'agreed personal terms with the defender earlier this year' and the Red Devils will now pay Barcelona a £200 000 compensation fee to land the youngster.

"It's never easy to leave a team that has given you everything. FC Barcelona has been my second home, my second family, where I have developed as a player and as a person," wrote Jurado.

"Today it's time to say goodbye, but not before expressing my gratitude to each of the people who have helped me since I started in the prebenjamin in the year 2011. I have been lucky to share my passion with a fantastic generation, with which I will always be linked.

"We started as boys who just wanted to run after a ball and I say goodbye, nine years later, calling them friends. Only we know the immense luck we have had with all the coaches who have developed us and helped us to keep fulfilling our dreams.

"Every stage has a beginning and an end. Mine, having reflected a lot with my family, has come. I leave behind unforgettable memories which will always stay with me."

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