Those young prospects were gently invited to find another club
While Leo Messi's talent seems unstoppable, judging from his 5th Ballon d'Or awarded last Monday in Zurich, some other s from Barça's reserve team have seen their dream slightly vanish as the club asked them to leave. It has been the case for young Cameroonian defender Macky Bagnack, Aitor Cantalapiedra, Joan Campins and Babuski. The timing of the winter transfer window - with Luis Enrique's wish to sign some attacking players - explains partly why Barça want them out.
Macky Bagnack - Defender - 20 years old
Arrived at Barcelona in 2008, Bagnack - whose contract ends in 2017 - was not really surprised by his ejection news, but more by the way it has been dealt with. He had been notified by the club that Barça would have him leaving in the second half of the season, but he was expecting something fairer. Indeed, having been injured at the end of last season and operated on the ankle, he thinks it will be difficult for him now to find another club halfway through the season. That is why it is ready to sue the club for unfair dismissal. According to Mundo Deportivo, while the club offered to pay him 6 months worth of fees, the player wanted at least a year. He filed a complaint to the Spanish Players Association (AFE) and is ready to do the same before FIFA, as the club won't let him train with the rest of Barça B.
Joan Campins - Right-Back - 20 years old
The young Spanish Right-Back is the only one of the players concerned by those leavings to have been offered a loan.
Aitor Cantalapiedra - Winger - 19 years old
This is probably the most surprising case of all. Despite having been called by Luis Enrique to play with the first team in the last 32 2nd leg of Copa del Rey clash against Villanovense. Cantalapiedra is also the top goal scorer of Barça B this season, but he is expected to be dismissed this Thursday, according to Mundo Deportivo.
David Babunski - Central Midfield - 21 years old
The Macedonian player already signed his dismissal with the Federation, and his now waiting for a settlement to be agreed with Barça. He was at the club since 2006.