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FC Barcelona: Five of the Next Generation from La Masia

Sergi Samper

Age:17

Credentials: One of the hottest prospects that has come out of Barcelona’s youth setup since Leo Messi.  Dubbed “The next Cesc Fabregas” Samper has attracted interest from Man City and Arsenal.

When offered a lucrative contract from Arsenal last year Samper turned it down for a chance to play at the Camp Nou.  Arsene Wenger instead left Barcelona with two of Samper’s team mates at La Masia, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin.

Last season Pep Guardiola invited Samper to train with the first team, an honour that is only given to the hottest prospects at La Masia.   So it came as a huge surprise when Samper was not promoted to Barca B last year a decision that apparently frustrated the youngster.

Future Barca first teamer?  If the “next Cesc Fabregas” can’t break into the first team then no one can.

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