Barcelona deny interest in Brazilian 11-year-old

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Alberto Piñero
The youth trained at La Masia for a couple of weeks, but it was never the Catalans' intention to sign him on a permanent deal

Barcelona have rejected reports that they made an approach to sign 11-year-old Brazilian Manu.

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The Catalan club have told Goal that stories suggesting that they were set to be reported to FIFA are false and furthermore confirmed that they never considered signing the youngster.

It would have been illegal for the Camp Nou outfit to have signed a non-European player under the age of 18, but in any case, they do not believe that he is of the required level.

Mazinho, the father of Barca star Rafinha, initially requested that the boy train for a period with players of a similar age group at La Masia in order for him to gauge his level in comparison to European youngsters.

Barcelona accepted this request after checking that he had been granted all the permission required by his side, Gremio. 

After a two-week stint with Barca’s kids, the Spanish side believed that he did not have the requisite qualities to join them – even if it had been allowed.

Manu is no longer working with the Barcelona youth teams and the club are unaware what his future plans are.