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Oriol Busquets says goodbye to Barcelona

The 22-year-old is leaving

RCD Espanyol B v FC Barcelona B - Segunda Division B Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Oriol Busquets has said an emotional farewell to Barcelona after coming to the end of his contract with the Catalan giants.

The 22-year-old’s deal finished at the end of June and he’s been unable to agree a new contract, according to Diario Sport, which means it’s time for a new challenge.

Here’s what he’s had to say on Instagram stories:

“The time has come to say goodbye to what has been my home for 14 years. I entered the club at the age of 8 and I leave at 22, after much learning, friendships, values ​​and, above all, unforgettable experiences. I feel enormously fortunate having been able to defend these colors during all these seasons, coming to fulfill a dream of any child who begins to kick the ball, which is to play alongside the best

“I would like to thank all the coaches, teammates , physical trainers, physios, doctors, equipment managers and any member of the club with whom I have dealt and who have helped me to be a better player and a better person. Thank you very much for everything, culers!”

There’s no real suggestion yet of where Busquets might be headed. He spent time on loan at FC Twente in 2019-20 before returning to Barca B last season.