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Barcelona wonderkid confirms exit amid Arsenal rumours

Barcelona wonderkid Joel Lopez has confirmed via his Instagram page that he is leaving the Catalan club, amid growing speculation that he is to sign for Arsenal.

The 15-year-old left-back has been playing for Barcelona’s Cadeta A side and was offered a new deal with them this summer, but it seems the youngster has decided his future lies elsewhere, and could potentially sign schoolboy terms with the Gunners before agreeing to a professional deal when he turns 16 next year.

Posting on his Instagram page, Lopez said: “The day has come to say goodbye to what has been my home these last 7 years. Thanks to Barcelona, ​​it will be the club that I always carry in my heart for wonderful moments that I have lived with my friends, coaches, delegates, executives.

“Magnificent people who have made me feel welcome from the first day.

“It was a difficult decision but after contemplating it with my family I made the decision to go and start a new stage as a footballer with great enthusiasm.

“Thanks to all who have been there always Visca Barca!”

If Arsenal pull the deal off, he will follow a number of young Barcelona stars who have made their way to the Gunners to help their development. It’s a star we probably won’t hear too much about for a few years, but certainly one to watch.

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