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Barcelona and RFEF reach agreement in principle for teen starlet to miss U17 World Cup – report



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Lamine Yamal’s rise has been exponential, and he has quickly become quite a key member of this season’s Barcelona squad.

As such, the Catalans seem to have become increasingly apprehensive in letting the youngster travel for international commitments, such as the U17 World Cup which is coming up in November.

The teenager has rapidly set multiple records with Barcelona and has made a huge impression in the games he has appeared in so far in the 2023/24 season.

Yamal could skip the U17 World Cup

According to reports from CAT Radio program Tot Costa, Barcelona and the Spanish Royal Football Federation (RFEF) have reached an agreement in principle to allow Yamal to stay back and skip the tournament in Indonesia.

November will have a key stretch of games for the Blaugrana, especially in the Champions League, which means they will be keen on Yamal dipping his toes into continental football at the highest level.

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However, the youth international tournaments are also important for the players’ developments at such a stage of their career, which does mean he misses out on an important experience.

Barcelona also have to be cautious that they don’t overuse Yamal in order to ensure he grows into his body properly and does not become susceptible to injuries due to improper load management.

The youngster is also on the verge of signing a new deal with Barcelona, which would see him ensure a place in Xavi’s project as one of the key players of the future.

He is also currently among the list of nominees for the Golden Boy, as Yamal continues to grow from strength to strength.

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