Marc Jurado has penned an emotional goodbye letter to Barcelona ahead of his expected summer switch to Manchester United’s academy.
The 16-year-old right back has been in the La Masia set-up at Barcelona for his entire footballing journey, but is now set to head to Old Trafford in the coming months.
Jurado turned 16 in April but turned down the offer of a contract extension at Barca in order to secure a switch to Manchester United, which was first reported in May.
Although the deal has not been confirmed by either club, it is expected to go ahead in the coming weeks, and now Jurado has announced his Barcelona exit.
‘It is never easy to leave the team that has given you everything,’ he wrote. ‘FC Barcelona has been my second home, my second family, where I have trained as a player but also as a person.
‘Today I have to say goodbye but not before thanking each of the people who have helped me since I started in 2011. I have been fortunate to share my passion with a fantastic generation with whom I will always be linked.
‘We started as children who only wanted to run after the ball and I said goodbye, nine years later, being able to call them friends. Only we know the immense luck we have had with all the coaches who have trained us and helped us to continue fulfilling our dreams.
‘Every stage has a beginning and an end. Mine, after much reflection with my family, has arrived. Gone are indelible memories that will always accompany me.’
The teenage defender has been playing for the club’s Cadet A side this season and was due to be promoted to the Juvenil B team for the following campaign.
Jurado is just the latest in a long line of La Masia talents that they have lost in the past few years, with fewer stars breaking through to the first team.
Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig are two success stories over the last couple of years, but there have been a disappointing amount of exits.
Jurado’s exit is set to net the club around £1.3m, with Manchester United only needing to pay a small compensation fee given the player’s age.