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Juan Miranda waves goodbye to Barcelona

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The defender has joined Real Betis permanently

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Juan Miranda waved goodbye to Barcelona on Tuesday. The Catalans have opted not to extend his contract and he has joined Real Betis on a permanent basis.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan with Manuel Pellegrini’s side and has now penned a contract that runs unti 2024.

Here’s Barcelona’s official statement:

“Barcelona has opted not to exercise the option to extend the contract of Juan Miranda, who shall remain at Real Betis Balompié, where he played last season on loan. FC Barcelona retains 40% of the rights to any future sale, and a right to first refusal on resigning him.”

Source | FC Barcelona

Miranda started out at Betis before joining Barcelona B and working his way through the ranks. The youngster made 22 La Liga appearances under Pellegrini last season, and it’s no surprise to see him move permanently.

The news comes amid speculation Barcelona are set to announce Emerson Royal is moving the other way. The Catalans are expected to shell out the €9 million needed to bring the Brazilian to the Camp Nou permanently.