‘Barca don’t care about youngsters’

Former Barcelona left-back Alex Grimaldo has accused the Blaugrana of “not even looking at their academy” anymore.

Grimaldo was considered one of Barca’s brightest prospects but failed to make a first-team appearance for the club and joined Benfica in January 2016.

“It’s always been hard to get into Barca’s first team, but now the club aren’t even looking at their ‘academy’,” the Spain Under-21 international told O Jogo.

“The players who leave are good enough to stay there.

“My future? At the moment, I’m focused on the national team.

“I had an injury that kept me out for a lot of the season, but I’m very happy for the minutes I played and level I played at.”

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