La Masia wonderkid Adrià Bernabé has said goodbye to Barcelona ahead of his transfer from the Catalan club to Manchester City.
The 17-year-old made his decision to move to England in April and made it semi-official with a farewell to Barça.
Bernabé wrote: “Today is a hard day since I have to say goodbye to the place I have called home for the last five years. I only have words of thanks for people who have helped me during this time…”
The attacking midfielder has been one of the most highly thought of players in Barcelona’s esteemed academy and losing him to Man City will come as a major blow. Barcelona signed him from neighbours Espanyol several years ago and had hopes that he could break through to the first team.
Bernabé will be the second big prospect to quit La Masia for the City Football Academy in a year, after centre-back Eric García, one of Barça’s best defensive hopes since Gerard Piqué, joined last summer and went on to be voted the Under-18 Players’ Player of the Year.
Bernabé will either go into the under-18 or under-23 side with the hope being that he can some day break through to Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad.
Hoy es un día duro ya que me tengo que despedir del sitio que ha sido mi casa durante estos últimos cinco años. Solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para todas aquellas personas que me han ayudado durante esta etapa…entrenadores,físios, encargados de material, doctores, delegados, encargados de la masia etc. Pero sobretodo a mis compañeros con los cuales he compartido vestuario, he vivido momentos muy bonitos y muy duros y simplemente dar las gracias por todo el cariño que he recibido.