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Signings from 'B' squad

Barcelona promote four more youngsters

2012/02/10 15:21
By Cristina Villas-Boas

Barcelona have already guaranteed four signings for next season and they all come from the same origin: the 'B' team.

Defenders Marc Muniesa, Martín Montoya and Marc Bartra will bolster the team at the back, while Jonathan dos Santos – the brother of former Barça and Tottenham winger Giovanni dos Santos – will strengthen the midfield. The assurance was given by the club's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta in an interview to Radio RAC 1, who also claimed the Catalan giants “won't make too many headlines in the summer.”

Right-back Montoya, centre-half Bartra and Jonathan dos Santos had their promotion to the first team secured by contract, but Zubizarreta announced they will be joined by Marc Muniesa, also a centre-back.

No concerns with Guardiola extension

If the four youngsters are guaranteed to be a part in the main squad next season, the same cannot be said of manager Pep Guardiola, whose deal expires in the summer.

The Catalan boss is yet to respond to the club's renewal invitation, which has been raising certain doubts as if he might actually leave Camp Nou. However, Zubizarreta says he is 'not worried' about the matter and stresses there is not even a 'plan B' in case the manager chooses to leave.

“The signs are favourable (for an extension). I am not worried because Pep knows himself, he knows the dressing room and the club, he knows what's good for Barça and that is reassuring.”

“I am not putting any pressure on him because he is focused on football. His concern is Osasuna.”

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