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Barcelona will pay close attention to 16-year-old La Masia gem for the first team

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The search for a world-class pivot at FC Barcelona continues after the void left by Sergio Busquets starts to become more and more apparent.

Having signed Oriol Romeu as a stopgap solution in that defensive midfield role, many are soon starting to see that while the veteran does bring a few positives to the team, his ability is very limited and not suited to Barcelona’s longer-term needs.

Under Xavi, the mission has been clear: keep the faith in the youngsters to usher in a new era of success and re-establish Barcelona’s identity through its strongest pillar – La Masia.

After Lamine Yamal’s incredible breakthrough into the first team, it seems like there is an air of confidence about the youngsters that proves the statement: if they are good enough, they are old enough.

And now, there may be another terrific teenager on the brink of his first team debut by the name of Marc Bernal according to reports by SPORT.

Club will monitor him at the U17 World Cup

Earlier this year, Bernal was tied down to a new deal with the club, and has been developing exponentially under Rafa Marquez.

Bernal didn’t look set to play such an important role for Barça Atlètic this season with the likes of Casado, Aleix Garrido and Noah Darvich in the squad.

However, he is a very sharp-minded midfielder who knows how to interpret the game well, with good shooting ability to complement it.

Another star in the making, perhaps? (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

And standing at 1.9m tall, can also make a difference physically when he develops fully.

The 16-year-old now arrives at the U17 World Cup with a lot of promise, and the Barcelona senior staff will be keeping a close eye on him to see how he does.

Deco loves Bernal

Apparently, Barcelona’s sporting director Deco sees immense potential within the player, and tips him to be a long-term star for the first team in their youth-centric project.

He has already trained multiple times with Xavi, and there are high hopes for his integration into the main squad.

The youngster has already played 540 minutes with the subsidiary team this season, and over a week ago he became the youngest ever scorer in the Spanish third division – all good signs to keep an eye out for.

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