Barcelona have this afternoon confirmed that Carles Alena has made the move to Real Betis on loan for the remainder of the season.
Alena, a gifted 21-year-old midfielder, made his way through Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy.
After impressing throughout the fledgling years of his career, the youngster was subsequently fast-tracked into the first-team picture of the Blaugrana for the first time in 2016.
Alena had long been considered a star in the making by those in charge at the Camp Nou, with his technical attributes and ability to ghost by opposing players having seen the Spaniard likened to Barca legend Andres Iniesta.
Last season proved Alena’s most productive to date in terms of game-time, as the midfielder racked up 17 La Liga appearances, including 6 starts.
And the opening day of the new campaign suggested that the Spanish U21 international was set to be depended on even more heavily by Ernesto Valderde this time around, with Alena having been thrown in from the off at Athletic Bilbao.
Incredibly, however, the starlet was hooked after just 45 minutes at the San Mames, and failed to feature again even once until earlier this month.
Alena’s struggles for time on the pitch come amid fierce midfield competition at the Camp Nou, with Ernesto Valverde’s squad boasting a near-embarrassment of riches in the middle of the park.
All of Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic are also at the disposal of the Blaugrana boss.
As such, rumours surrounding a potential January departure from Catalunya for Alena inevitably began to surface of late.
Reports stemming from Spain back in October even named Tottenham as a potential destination.
❗️✈️ Aleñá puede salir en enero
— Mundo Deportivo (@mundodeportivo) October 27, 2019
As outlined above, though, Alena is in fact set for a La Liga stay, albeit not at the Camp Nou.
Both Barcelona and Real Betis have confirmed that the Spaniard has joined the former on loan for the remainder of the season.
Despite previous suggestions, however, the Verdiblancos have not managed to secure an option to buy.
As such, Alena will return to Barca following the completion of his loan in the summer.
📣 OFICIAL | El #RealBetis incorpora a sus filas a Carles Aleñá 📝🤝
¡A darlo todo estos meses juntos, @Carlesale10! 💫💚
— Real Betis Balompié 🌴💚 (@RealBetis) December 28, 2019
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 28, 2019