Approaching a pivotal pre-season period, FC Barcelona have begun making preparations as Xavi has already shortlisted the players he plans to take with him. Among the players shortlisted for the upcoming US tour is young talent Aleix Garrido, who has gallantly risen to a prominent role in the youth ranks.
The teenage sensation was handed opportunities to showcase his talents among the senior team in the past season, with his €400 million release clause a testament to the potential Barcelona see in him. Xavi Hernandez has also spoken highly of him, especially recognizing his instrumental final ball, capable of dismantling defenses.
Aleix Garrido recently gave an interview to ‘Tot gira’ on Catalunya Ràdio, where he expressed his contentment with continuing at Barcelona and clarified that he does not feel upset about the massive release clause that hangs over his head.
When asked about the whopping €400 million release clause, he lightheartedly responded: “Scary, scary… This way nobody will sign me, that’s fine. I have no complaints, it’s a way to ensure that I will stay here for these two years.”
Residing with the Spanish under-19 team for the European Championship, he said: “I’m very happy, the debut with the first team has been the best, but there have been many other things, gaining experience with the reserve team has been great, and now it will be amazing to play the European Championship with the national team.”
He will be called up by Xavi Hernandez on the 19th of July to join FC Barcelona on their pre-season US tour. Understanding the privilege of sharing a dressing room with many stars, he commented: “It’s one thing to be called one day, but it’s another thing to spend weeks with your idols, getting to know them and fighting with them in training and matches to earn a place for yourself.”
Garrido will be one to watch out for in the upcoming USA tour, but competition will inevitably be high and brief spurts of promise will have to be capitalized.