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Barcelona add Kike Saverio, Sergio Akieme and Rei Manaj to Champions League squad

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The youngsters have been added ahead of the knockout phase

FC Barcelona B V RCD Espanyol B - Segunda B Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona announced on Monday they have added Barca B youngsters Kike Saverio, Sergio Akieme and Rei Manaj to their 2019-20 Champions League squad.

The Catalan giants have added the trio to their list following the January departures of Carles Alena, Jean-Clair Todibo and Moussa Wague.

The three players join the A list which consists of all the first-team squad plus Hiroki Abe, Ronald Araujo and Ferran Sarsanedas.

Teams are allowed to include 25 players on their A list, although two of those players have to be goalkeepers.

Barcelona also explained that the six B teamers are on the A list because they are not eligible for the B list. Players on the B list need to have been at the club for three years and be under the age of 21.

Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz were previously on the B list before their January departures. The rules surrounding this list are a bit more relaxed as it does not need to submitted until the day before a Champions League match.