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Barcelona prodigy Xavi Simons has decided to leave the club after deciding against renewing his contract at the Catalan club.
The 16-year-old, who was tipped for greatness during his time at La Masia, catapulted to fame when his individual YouTube highlights went viral.
Thank you, @FCBarcelona!
Força Barça! :red_circle::large_blue_circle: pic.twitter.com/p2fBAV11Cm
- Xavi Simons (@xavisimons) July 23, 2019
Simons was told he was 'certain' to play for the first team in the coming years.
But after eight years with the club, he released a statement on his official Twitter account earlier to confirm his departure:
"I leave a part of me in Barcelona and I will bring a part of Barcelona with me." he said.
"Today is not easy, as saying goodbye is one of the hardest in life and today it's my turn to say goodbye to what has been my home, my family, my life for as long as I can remember.
"It was a dream come true when I put on my first Barca jersey, nine years ago as an under 8 player..."
Simons is currently represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, who is a big fan after publicly praising Simons' talent on the pitch:
"Xavi Simons is a great player, young, with potential and a big future." he said last year.
"We're good friends. Am I his advisor? It's better to be a friend than an advisor, believe me. Honestly, I am friends with all the players that I represent."
Welcome To PSG @xavisimons :heart_eyes::wave: pic.twitter.com/KnAUQmyICR
- A M E Z E :rose: (@AmeZeee) July 23, 2019
RAC1 journalist Gerard Romero believes the player is now likely to join Paris Saint-Germain after becoming a free agent.
:telephone::telephone: La salida de Simons apunta al PSG #mercato
- Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) July 23, 2019
Simons hit a remarkable one million Instagram followers last year, a feat that the majority of professional footballers fail to achieve.
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