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Barcelona’s teen star Lamine Yamal indicators new contract

BARCELONA — Lamine Yamal has signed his first skilled contract with Barcelona, with the 16-year-old extending his keep on the Catalan membership till at the least 2026.

The winger put pen to paper on the deal — which features a €1 billion ($1.05bn) launch clause — at Barça’s coaching floor on Monday at an occasion additionally attended by president Joan Laporta and sporting director Deco.

Till he turns 18, Yamal can not signal a contract for longer than three years, which is the explanation he has not signed longer phrases.

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It has been a record-breaking yr for the ahead, who made his first group debut in April whereas he was nonetheless 15, turning into the youngest participant to characterize Barça in LaLiga. He has since gone on to change into the youngest participant to ever play and rating for Spain, netting on his debut towards Georgia earlier this month.

In the meantime, at membership stage, he has established himself in Xavi Hernandez’s squad, making 9 appearances in all competitions up to now this season, together with 4 begins. He arrange the winner, an personal aim by Sergio Ramos, in Friday’s 1-0 victory over Sevilla in LaLiga as Barça maintained their unbeaten begin to the marketing campaign.

Additional information may fall within the coming weeks, with Yamal nonetheless in a position to change into the youngest-ever aim scorer in LaLiga and the Champions League. That file is held by Ansu Fati within the Champions League, whose aim towards Inter Milan for Barça in 2019 got here when he was 17 years and 40 days previous.

In LaLiga, although, he’s working out of time. He has only one recreation left — away at Granada on Sunday — to beat the mark set by Fabrice Olinga, who was 16 years and 98 days previous when he scored for Malaga a decade in the past.

Yamal first joined Barça in 2013 from native Catalan membership CF Torreta and has since progressed by way of the academy, racing by way of the age teams till reaching the primary group this yr.

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