Xavi sees 16-year-old Barcelona pivot as club’s pick for the future


Barcelona youngster Marc Bernal
Photo Courtesy: FC Barcelona’s Official Website

Earning the right to play for a club like FC Barcelona comes with its many challenges. Not every young, aspiring talent gets to have the privilege to end up doing that. However, those that are made of a special cloth are easy enough to spot for those in Barcelona.

Moreover, in times of need, the Catalan giants have shown themselves to be rather dependent on their own homegrown talents. Such could be the case of a future pivot within Barcelona, a position that needs someone who has honed the characteristics and traits to be a Barcelona midfielder in its purest form.

In comes Marc Bernal who, according to Mundo Deportivo, is the chosen one by Xavi Hernandez himself. The Barcelona coach sees the 16-year-old midfielder as a very special talent, and one who has all the qualities and skills necessary to become one of Barça’s midfield generals in the near future.

Despite his age being inferior to some of the more experienced midfielders around him in the quarry, such as the likes of Pau Prim (18 years old) and Marc Casado (20 years old), Bernal has managed to still make a name for himself within Barcelona Atletic as well under the orders of Rafa Marquez.

Moreover, he also manages to pop up from time to time to train with the Barcelona first team. His massive stature at 1.9 meters, coupled with his great combination of technical brilliance and dynamic entries, Bernal is a midfielder who is simply complete in every single way.

It is no surprise, given his talents, that many teams from around Europe are interested in him. Sides from the German Bundesliga, the English Premier League, and even the Italian Serie A are reportedly keeping an eye on his progress and development.

Whether or not he gets a first-team debut this season is not confirmed or guaranteed, but his future in Barcelona looks bright. With several other youngsters gradually being incorporated into the first team by Xavi, to think that Bernal may become one of the next few in line would not be a wild stretch of the imagination.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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