Newly arrived youngster trained with the Barcelona first team under the orders of Xavi

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Recently acquired by FC Barcelona, Julian Araujo is among the most exciting and promising talents that have announced themselves to the world of football. His new club has complete trust in the defender, and are allowing him as much exposure as possible.

FC Barcelona team is currently training for their Copa del Rey semi-final against the arch-rivals Real Madrid scheduled for this Thursday. The tie will take place at Santiago Bernabeu, and is expected to be a highly entertaining affair as Copa del Rey is an important target this season for both these clubs.

However, it is clear that Real Madrid will be coming into the game in higher spirits, as they had a morale-boosting Champions League win at Anfield. FC Barcelona, on the other hand, are coming into this tie with the poorest form they have shown this season, with their elimination from the Europa League followed by a league defeat to relegation-fighting Almeria.

The Catalan giants are also missing some of their key players, especially Pedri, Dembele, and Lewandowski for the tie. Amidst all this doom and gloom at the club, the new signing, Julain Araujo, would be relatively happier.

Julian Araujo was bought from LA Galaxy this winter transfer window, but his registration could not be completed as the documents were submitted 18 seconds after the deadline. However, the player still arrived at Barcelona last week, and has signed a contract till 2026.

Despite his lack of registration, Xavi has still called up the youngster to train with the first team as it trains for the Copa del Rey tie, according to a report from SPORT. While it is clear that he cannot make an appearance, Xavi still wants to see firsthand what the youngster can offer, and how he performs in presence of some of football’s biggest names.

This training session will also be a boost for the young player’s confidence, and allow him to settle at the club knowing that the most influential members have confidence in his talent and ability. He is also joined by other youngsters like Lucas Román, Txus Alba, and Ángel Alarcón in these sessions.

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