​West Bromwich Albion teenager Louie Barry has left the Midlands to hitch La Masia, the well-known academy of Spanish giants Barcelona.

The 16-year-old was provided a brand new contract on the Hawthorns however rejected the Baggies’ provide in favour of a swap to Catalonia. He has penned a three-year cope with La Blaugrana after starring for the Republic of Eire Below-16s, for whom he netted a brace final September in opposition to Bulgaria.


Although Barry is but to make a first-team look for ​West Brom, his signature was being chased by a variety of elite golf equipment throughout the continent, who had been impressed by his stellar type on the worldwide stage.

Nonetheless, ​Barça held off makes an attempt from rivals to land the ahead, tempting him to Spain with the promise of a spot of their youth setup, the place Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta – amongst many others – started their footballing careers.

Regardless of his sturdy showings for the Irish, Barry modified allegiances halfway by means of the 2018/19 marketing campaign, as a substitute selecting to play for his nation of beginning, England.

He has since taken half within the Below-16 Victory Protect, wanting particularity impressing for the Three Lions in a heavyweight conflict with Brazil.

Lionel Messi,Andres Iniesta

He is probably not the one West Brom academy graduate to depart the membership this summer season, although, with 19-year-old Rekeem Harper additionally refusing to place pen to paper on a brand new contract as ​Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur look to lure midfielder away.