Barcelona Starlet In Demand

Football Soccer - FC Barcelona v Celtic - International Champions Cup 2016 - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland - 30/7/16 Barcelona's Carles Alena and Sergi Samper celebrate at the end of the match Reuters / Clodagh Kilcoyne Livepic - RTSKE8R

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Manchester United are keeping tabs on Barcelona’s Carles Alena, according to reports.

Alena is quickly emerging as one of Europe’s brightest talents. The 18-year-old youngster also captains Spain’s under-19 side.

Barcelona are said to be keen on offering the midfielder a new contract extension, that would keep him at the club for another four years, while also inserting a buyout clause worth £43 million in the deal.


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Alena has captained every team he has played for since joining Barcelona at the raw age of eight. Having been dubbed the “new Andres Iniesta” in Catalonia, the teenager admitted his admiration for the captain of the Barcelona senior side, claiming Iniesta is the best player the club has.

He said: “Iniesta is my idol, he’s spectacular, he’s the best player Barcelona has. He makes the difference.”

Alena has also continued his steady rise, and was called up to the Barcelona B team last month. He admitted that he was delighted with his promotion into the club’s second string, and he is working hard to break into Luis Enrique’s main squad.


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“I am very happy, it’s my last year as a Juvenil player and I’m proud of playing for Barcelona B,” he said. “It was a dream for me to play in that side and I’m making it come true. Now I have to adapt bit by bit to the level and try to play as much as possible, do everything the coach asks of me. We are working for the objective of reaching Segunda A.”

Jose Mourinho has been keeping an eye on the player, and is interested in bringing him to Old Trafford, but Barcelona will be doing their best to hold on to him.

 

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