Barcelona's Under 10s In Training Are Scarily Good
Barcelona have a reputation for good football and for building a new generation of players being able to play such good football. It looks like the long term future of the club is in pretty safe hands.
There's nothing more football fans like than youngsters making it through the academy system to become a first team player and making a success of it, it's something that plenty of Premier League sides have failed to do.
The story of young local lad done good is a great narrative plus there's no chance of rival fans claiming you've just bought success if it's chiefly down to the team's academy.
Of course the 'Class of 92' is the most famous use of a club's academy with Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt proving that you can win something with kids.
That said it's probably Barcelona who are the team with the most consistent use of their academy and La Masia has become the byword for much of their success, producing the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro and Carles Puyol.
Whilst that has stalled a little in recent years a video of the under 10s shows that they know how to play football already:
Some players do get away from Barcelona's academy to sign for other clubs but occasionally they return to the club.
Both Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique moved as teenagers to England, to play for Arsenal and Manchester United respectively, before signing back for Barca in later years.
There might be another returning player to the club if recent reports are anything to go by.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the club have met with agent Juanma López over the future of Dani Olmo.
Pep Segura, who is the sports manager for the football area at Barcelona, was at the meeting on Tuesday, along with technical secretary Eric Abidal and assistant Ramón Planes.
Both Abidal and Planes will be in Logroño, Spain, to watch the 20-year-old Dinamo Zagreb winger play for Croatia under-21s against Denmark under-21s.
The Spanish newspaper reports that the club have a €25 million price tag on the player, but that is only the starting price.
Zagreb believes the player is worth much more, having already rejected a €20 million approach in the summer.