"He has already exceeded my expectations.
"I thought he would need until at least January to be ready for the English league, so he is well ahead of schedule.
"I'm sure Gerard's decision to come to England had something to do with the examples set by Fàbregas and Gerard Piqué."
"They thought he would benefit not just from a different football experience but a different lifestyle away from the pitch and that really helped us.
"I was very pleased Barcelona trusted us with his development. I have been following his career in Barcelona's B side since he made his debut against Real Madrid at the age of 16. That caught my eye and from that point on it was a matter of pestering Barcelona and being clear about what we could offer."
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