Lamine Yamal and Alejandro Balde have both signed long-term contracts with Barcelona, according to reports.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, both players signed the dotted lines before their pre-season tour to the United States Of America.
Lamine Yamal and Alejandro Balde contracts
Lamine signed a three-year deal with Barcelona, which runs until June 30, 2026, as it is the limit for players aged 16.
Balde has put pen to paper on a five-year deal that runs until June 30, 2028, and it is expected to be announced soon.
The Spaniards are promising players, who have been tipped to become world-beaters in the coming years.
Lamine Yamal and Alejandro Balde
Both players are products of La Masia academy, and they have shown brilliance with the senior team of Barcelona.
Yamal Lamine has made 6 appearances for the Blaugrana side, scoring no goal and providing 2 assists.
He made his debut for Barcelona on April 29, 2023, coming on for Gavi in the 83rd minute, in a 4-0 win against Real Betis in a La Liga fixture.
Lamine is the youngest player to feature for the first-team of Barcelona, at 15 years, 9 months and 16 days old.
The 16-year-old is also the youngest starter for Barcelona, having earned his first start for the Catalan giants on August 20, 2023.
He became the youngest starter at the age of 16 and 38 days, playing for 85 minutes in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Cadiz in the 2023/24 season.
Additionally, Yamal Lamine is the youngest player to provide an assist in a La Liga fixture at the age of 16 and 45 days.
Internationally, he became the youngest player and goalscorer for Spain at age 16 and 57 days old.
The youngster provided 2 assists in a 4-3 win for Barcelona against Villarreal on August 28, 2023.
Lamine was born in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, to a father from Morocco, and a mother from Equatorial Guinea.
The Spaniard is a very good dribbler, with distinctive creative and scoring abilities, and he has been likened to legendary players like Lionel Messi.
Balde made his debut for Barcelona on September 14, 2021, coming on for Jordi Alba, in a 3-0 loss for the Catalan club against Bayern Munich.
He became Xavi Hernandez’s first-choice left-back last season, starting ahead of Spanish legend Jordi Alba.
Alejandro Balde made 44 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona last term, scoring 1 goal and providing 7 assists.
He was included in the 2022/23 La Liga Team of the Season, following his exploits as a left-back for Barcelona.
The 19-year-old has also started in that stead this season, making 4 appearances for Xavi Hernandez’s side.
Balde was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, to a father from Guinea-Bissau, and a mother from Dominican Republic.
His current contract with the Spanish club is set to expire on June 30, 2024, having signed a contract renewal on July 1, 2022.
Barcelona also slammed a release clause of €500 million in his deal, to deter clubs from poaching him.