Last week FC Barcelona confirmed the sale of Ferran Jutgla to Belgian champions Club Brugge via their official website.
FC Barcelona and Club Brugge have agreed on a 5 million euro transfer for Ferran Jutgla. The club has included a 10% sell-on clause for any future sale by the Belgian club.
Jutgla has signed a four-year deal with Club Brugge and will wear the No. 9 shirt next season.
Jutgla released a statement on his Twitter account thanking the club and the fans on his departure, calling it “the best season of his short career.” “I’m writing to thank the Barca family so much for the opportunity they have given me to grow as a footballer.”
“You’ve allowed me to fulfil a dream which is a very important step in my career,” Jutgla wrote. He was disappointed to not be able to stay at the Camp Nou after a year which has allowed him to have game time than expected.
Hoping for a return
However, Jutgla hopes to return soon to the Catalan capital to play in the Catalan capital. “Lots of things can happen in football,” the Catalan player said. “Of course the door will always be open to wear such an important shirt like the Barcelona one in two or three seasons.”
Ferran Jutgla spent his formative years at half a dozen clubs before turning professional at Sant Andreu. After a few years at the Catalan club, the Spanish attacking prospect moved to Barcelona last summer, with the Blaugrana assigning him to the reserve side.
Jutgla earned his first-team debut for Barcelona in December, with Xavi Hernandez fast-tracking him to the senior side amid a crisis at Camp Nou. And the 23-year-old scored in his first start in a 3-2 win over Elche CF. But the youngster’s time with the first-team squad ended quickly, and he made only nine appearances for Barcelona before returning to the reserve side.
Jutgla was a solid customer for Barcelona B as he amassed 19 goals and six assists in 32 outings this season. But with first-team opportunities not forthcoming, it soon became apparent that Jutgla would benefit by leaving Barcelona, with La Liga giants Villarreal expressing an interest in signing him in the summer transfer window.
As for Jutgla, he had offers from other leagues as well, but one of his ambitions is to get to play in the Champions League. He’ll get his opportunity with Club Brugge.