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Man Utd next as Marc Jurado confirms Barcelona exit

Marc Jurado has confirmed he is leaving Barcelona.

Multiple reports in the UK press have suggested the 16-year-old defender has agreed to join Manchester United.

United will have to pay a compensation fee to the Catalan giants worth around €200,000.

In his farewell message for Barca, Jurado 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 pre-benjamín 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."

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