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Joel Lopez has posted a goodbye message on Instagram as the defender leaves Barcelona.
It is reported that Arsenal new Sporting Director Raul Sanllehi played a pivotal role in rounding up this deal for the Gunners due to his close relationship with his former employees.
The 16-year-old has been linked with Arsenal for a while now and local reports claimed the Gunners would sign the left-back as a ‘confirmed’ casualty of La Masia.
We first reported on Arsenal’s interest in Lopez back in March. At the time he was just 15 years old and under contract, but now he’s 16 and his deal with Barcelona has come to an end.
Ha llegado el día de despedirme de lo que ha sido mi casa estos últimos 7 años. Gracias al FCBarcelona, será el club que siempre lleve en el corazón por momentos maravillosos que he vivido con mis Compañeros, Fisios, Entrenadores, Delegados, Directivos.. Gente magnífica que ha hecho sentirme acogido desde el primer día. Ha sido una decisión difícil pero tras contemplarla junto a mi familia he tomado la decisión de marchar y comenzar una nueva etapa como futbolista con mucha ilusión. Gracias a todos los que habéis estado ahí siempre ¡Visca el Barça!🔵🔴
The day has come to say goodbye to what has been my house these last 7 years.
“Thanks to FCBarcelona, it will be the club that I always carry in my heart for wonderful moments that I have lived with my Companions, Fisios, Coaches, Delegates, Executives ..
“Magnificent people who have made me feel welcome from the first day.
“It was a difficult decision but after contemplating it with my family I made the decision to go and start a new stage as a footballer with great enthusiasm.
“Thanks to all of you who have been there forever. See Barça!