FC Barcelona starlet Marc Jurado has announced his exit from the Spanish La Liga champions amid rumours he is set to join Manchester United.
The highly-rated defender is believed to be joining the Red Devils after turning down the opportunity to continue his development at La Masia.
Jurado posted a farewell message on his Instagram on Monday night to thank the Catalan club for his development, with whom he had stayed with for nine years. He wrote:
“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
“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 prebenjamín 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.”
Marc Jurado is a right-back, a position where we already have a number of talented youngsters – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (22), Diogo Dalot (21) and Ethan Laird (18).
The 16-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this year and one has to be confident he is headed towards Manchester following Monday’s announcement.