Yamal, at the age of 15 years, 9 months and 16 days, became, on Sunday evening, the youngest player in Barcelona history to play an official match with the first team. Lamine caught the eye when he came on in the 83rd minute in place of Gavi in the game that brought his side Real Betis. Yamal’s supporters describe him as ‘one of the most promising players on the world football scene in the coming period’. Lamine Yamal was called up for the first time by Xavi Hernandez in the league match against Atlético on April 22. He was on the bench but did not participate.
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The website “Futbol Spain”, specializing in Spanish football news, reported that the player, born in Marato, Spain, has not yet signed his first professional contract due to his young age. The site added that the Barcelona administration is trying to persuade the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, to sign a new contract once he turns 16 this summer. Meanwhile, the source revealed that Real Madrid are eyeing the young talent, pointing out that the player’s parents are fans of the royal team. On the other hand, Spanish newspaper ‘Mundo Deportivo’ have pointed out that Yamal and Barcelona are close to reaching an agreement, noting that the negotiations are ‘going well’.
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