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Official: Gavi registered to Barcelona first-team with new jersey number



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Gavi has been one of Barcelona’s best players this season, showing no signs of regression after his Golden Boy award last season. The youngster has only built up on his last season’s success and become an undisputed starter in Xavi Hernandez’s setup.

The fact that the teenager is still registered as a player of the subsidiary team is flabbergasting, and the Blaugrana board are working hard to correct it at the earliest.

Thus, the administration are trying to fit Gavi’s new contract in the slim margin that exists in Barcelona’s financial fair play.

In an interesting development, the teenager’s name no longer appeared on La Liga’s official website. Earlier, he used to feature as the Number 30 in Barcelona’s squad, and the removal of his name clearly signals movements taking place behind the scenes.

Now, Barcelona have officially completed Gavi’s registration to the first team, and the same has been announced by the club on Twitter.

Earlier today, a Spanish court ruled in favour of Barcelona and thus forced La Liga to register the midfielder’s new contract with the senior team.

He has been given the #6 jersey for the team, which was previously worn by legends like Xavi. Riqui Puig was the last player to don it, but his spell ended unfavourably.

Javier Tebas’ institution had decided to appeal the court decision, insisting that the renewal is not possible.

The Catalans have had a hectic deadline day so far, spanning from their pursuit of Sofyan Amrabat and Nestor Araujo to the renewals of Ronald Araujo and Gavi. Nothing is clear concerning the club’s financial flexibility, but Laporta remains confident that developments are possible in the coming hours.

18-year-old Gavi has made 18 appearances for Barcelona in this season’s La Liga, providing two assists and averaging 1.2 key passes per game. In his most recent Clasico, he scored one goal and provided two assists in the Catalans’ 3-1 destruction of Real Madrid.

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