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4 former La Masia players Barcelona are reportedly interested in re-signing

Elvis Ume O
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:32 IST

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Thiago Alcantara

Almost every top-level club in the world has a functional academy whose role it is to nurture young players into world beaters capable of breaking into the first team and helping the club challenge for honours.

Now while this might be applicable to a lot of clubs out there, few if any have an academy quite as functional as that obtainable at Barcelona.

Founded in 1979 (off an idea proposed by the legendary Johan Cruyff to then Barcelona president Nunez), La Masia was modelled after the Ajax academy, and since inception has nurtured over 400 players, most of whom have gone on to achieve varying degrees of success.

The academy has played a major role in Barcelona's success of recent, with particular emphasis laid on the class of '87 which included Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas - all of whom played a part in the club's dominance alongside other La Masia products like Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdez among others. .

In 2010, it made history as the first academy to produce the three finalists for the Ballon d'Or when Xavi, Messi, and Iniesta mounted the podium.


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The sheer quality of players churned out by the academy coupled with the world-class players already in the first team means that it is always going to be a herculean task to break into the senior side from the academy, which leads many youngsters to move on from the club in search of regular playing time.

La Masia is famed for breeding players with good technical abilities, and such players most times go on to achieve success either at Barcelona or elsewhere.

Numerous examples abound of players who have left Barcelona and gone on to play their way into folklore at other clubs, with the Blaugrana most times seeking to re-sign them at one point or the other.

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While there have been some cases of re-signed La Masia players going on to be successes such as Gerad Pique and Jordi Alba, others did not quite go according to plan, as was the case with Cesc Fabregas and Gerad Deleofeu.

The increased success of La Masia players over the last decade has increased their value, as clubs now seek to poach them from the Catalans at an even faster rate than before and their performances have been good enough to capture Barcelona's interest.

In this piece, we shall be taking a look at four former La Masia players who Barcelona are interested in re-signing.


#4 Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb)

Dani Olmo in action for Dinamo Zagreb
Dani Olmo in action for Dinamo Zagreb

Dani Olmo is a talented winger who currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb, and his displays for the Croatian club have been so impressive that he was named the player of the season in the Croatian league in 2018.

The 20-year-old had earlier turned out for Barcelona's youth teams between 2009 and 2014 having joined from crosstown rivals Espanyol before he shockingly decided to move out east to Zagreb.

Reports have emanated that Barcelona is interested in bringing Olmo back to the Nou Camp, although they would face competition from archrivals Real Madrid.

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Published 16 Feb 2019, 09:34 IST
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