Monaco have confirmed they have signed 16-year-old Barcelona midfielder Robert Navarro.
Reports in Spain have claimed Barcelona wanted to keep hold of Navarro but he resisted all offers of a new deal and opted to change clubs instead.
✍️ AS Monaco are thrilled to announce the arrival of attacking midfielder Robert Navarro from @FCBarcelona. Welcome to the club, Robert . pic.twitter.com/WrA9ezHs7A— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) July 2, 2018
“Monaco are a great club that relies heavily on its training and gives young people the chance to express themselves at the highest level,” he said.
”My goal is to work hard to move forward and take new steps.”
Source | Monaco
The teenager also posted a message on social media saying goodbye to Barcelona
Toca despedirme del que ha sido mi club durante 5 años. Quiero dar las gracias al F.C.Barcelona, sobretodo a los que me han ayudado a mejorar como jugador y persona, Marc Serra, Marcel, Isaac, Carles, Pol, Cristian, Carlos, Franc y Xavi. También a todos los fisios, delegados, encargados de material, sin olvidarme de Joan y Enrique, a mis compañeros, con los que he disfrutado jugando y compartiendo momentos inolvidables, pero sobre todo a mi familia que me han ayudado en todos los momentos. Es una decisión dificil, pero he decidido tomar otro camino para conseguir el mismo objetivo.
He wrote: “It’s time to say goodbye to what has been my club for 5 years. I want to thank F.C.Barcelona, especially those who have helped me improve as a player and person, Marc Serra, Marcel, Isaac, Carles, Pol, Cristian, Carlos, Franc and Xavi. Also to all physios, delegates, without forgetting Joan and Enrique, to my colleagues, with whom I have enjoyed playing and sharing unforgettable moments, but above all to my family who have helped me at all times. It is a difficult decision, but I have decided to take another path to achieve the same goal.”
Navarro is the latest youngster to leave the Camp Nou and moves to the Ligue 1 side where he will link up with Jordi Mboula who signed for Monaco last summer.