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Report: New Sergio Busquets turns down West Ham or Southampton move

Marc Casado has turned down Premier League trio West Ham United, Southampton and Brighton in order to continue his development at La Liga giants FC…

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Marc Casado has turned down Premier League trio West Ham United, Southampton and Brighton in order to continue his development at La Liga giants FC Barcelona, as reported by Mundo Deportivo. 

Out with the old, in with the new.  

There was no place on the plane for Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite or goalkeeper Norberto Neto as Barcelona jetted out to America for their pre-season tour of the United States.  

The tough-talking Xavi is determined to put his own stamp on a previously directionless Blaugrana side. The phrase ‘trimming the fat’ comes to mind. And, though the big-money arrivals of Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski may suggest otherwise, the next generation of La Masia graduates remain a key cornerstone of the Xavi masterplan. 

Marc Casado snubs Premier League offers for Barcelona stay

Casado, at just 18, is yet to make his competitive debut in blue and red. But, after coming off the bench as Barcelona turned on the style during a 6-0 thrashing of Phil Neville’s Inter Miami, the teenager’s six-minute appearance off the bench felt be the first of many for the Catalan giants. 

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According to Mundo Deportivo, Casado has turned down approaches from Southampton, West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Spain U17 international would have earned more money in the Premier League. MD say that the offers on the table were ‘superior’ financially to the one put forward by Barcelona. But Casado is staying put as he aims to follow in the footsteps of his World Cup-winning head coach at the Camp Nou. 

Likened to Sergio Busquets due to his crisp passing and impressive reading of the game from the ‘number six’ role, Casado recently signed a new deal with Barca. He is now contracted to the Catalan club until the summer of 2024. 

Busquets, last month, found himself blowing out 34 candles on his birthday cake. Casado, then, may be competing for a starting spot sooner than expected. Busquets, while still a masterful footballer, has lost a yard of pace in his advancing years.

And he wasn’t exactly the quickest in the first place. 

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