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Abel Ruiz will be Luis Suarez’s back-up at Barcelona - report

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Barcelona had been linked with bringing in a new No. 9 in the transfer window to provide back-up to Luis Suarez, but it seems that job will now be handed to Abel Ruiz.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the 19-year-old is set for the role after captaining Spain Under-19s to victory at the 2019 European Championships this summer.

The teenager is due to arrive back at Barcelona B on Friday and has been talking about how keen he is to start the new season and how he’d love to train with the first team.

Ruiz may now be handed some opportunities to stake a claim for a spot in the squad and allow Suarez a breather. The Uruguayan barely got any time off last season and spent the summer at the Copa America.