Barcelona’s new director of soccer Deco says Lamine Yamal’s emergence for membership and nation this season has taken him without warning.
Lamine Yamal, 16, turned the youngest participant to characterize, rating and begin for Spain through the worldwide break. He got here off the bench on Friday, scoring towards Georgia, after which performed for an hour towards Cyprus on Tuesday.
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In August, he additionally turned the youngest participant to start out for Barça in LaLiga having beforehand made his first group debut in April whereas nonetheless 15 years outdated.
“He’s a participant that has stunned us,” Deco mentioned on Wednesday in a information convention. “[Barça coach] Xavi has all the time mentioned [about him] and that’s the reason he handed him his debut final season.
“Lamine Yamal is a child together with his toes on the bottom. He has a distinct high quality [to others]; he can contribute various things.
“We’re in a state of affairs on the membership the place now we have a number of younger gamers within the group taking part in vital roles, however he is a boy of simply 16, so now we have to depart him to take pleasure in his soccer. We have now to help him to make sure he retains rising in the suitable method.”
Deco, who was talking at his official presentation in his new function, additionally confirmed Barça hope to announce a brand new contract for Yamal quickly as a reward for his performances. Left-back Alejandro Balde, who like Yamal is represented by agent Jorge Mendes, can be in line for a brand new deal.
“Each renewals are on monitor, you should have information quickly I’m positive,” Deco added. “They’re younger, vital gamers who I’m positive we’ll renew.”
Lamine Yamal, born in 2007, joined Barça in 2014 and made his debut towards Actual Betis in April. He then got here off the bench in Barça’s LaLiga opener towards Getafe this season and began their subsequent three video games earlier than the worldwide break, producing a participant of the match efficiency within the 4-3 win over Villarreal.
At 16 years and 57 days outdated, he turned the youngest participant to play and rating for Spain on Friday in Georgia, taking each information from teammate Gavi, earlier than beginning Tuesday’s win over Cyprus in Granada.
In the meantime, Deco says Barça boss Xavi, who he performed alongside at Camp Nou, can be set to signal a brand new deal, together with his present phrases up on the finish of the season.
“He has earned the suitable to resume,” Deco mentioned. “When it is [official], you will know. We’re pleased with him, not simply due to the determine of Xavi, however due to Xavi the coach.
“He occurs to be probably the greatest gamers within the membership’s historical past, however he’s proving himself to be an important coach with what he has accomplished. I’m positive we’ll attain an settlement.”
Xavi took over on the finish of 2021 with Barça ninth in LaLiga, steering them to a second positioned end in 2021-22 after which profitable the league final yr in his first full season in cost.
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