Rabat - Porto has agreed to sign a deal for Moroccan midfielder Ayoub Abou from FC Barcelona.
Rabat – Porto has agreed to sign a deal for Moroccan midfielder Ayoub Abou from FC Barcelona.
A report published last month by Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo suggested that Porto was about to reach an agreement with FC Barcelona over signing Ayoub Abou until the summer of 2018.
The information has been confirmed by the player on his Twitter account.
“After eight years at FCB yesterday I started a new challenge in my vida.Gracias Barca for all that I have learned and I’ve lived in this great period,” Ayoub posted on his account on Wednesday.
Tras 8 años en @FCB ayer empecé un nuevo reto en mi vida.Gracias al Barça por todo lo que he aprendido y he vivido en esta gran etapa.
— Ayoub Abou (@ayoubabou1) July 15, 2015
Multiple media reports have suggested that Ayoub’s play and techniques are similar to Zinedine Zidane and former Barca player Juan Riquelme.
The 17-year old was born in 1998 in Casablanca. He moved to Barcelona with his parents at the age of 9. His brother Latif noticed his skills and signed him up at FCB Escola, Barca’s pre-school football team.
In 2007, the Moroccan talent impressed Josep Gombau, FCB Ecola’ director, who called his boss Alberto Benaiges and arranged for him to see Ayoub play.
Benaiges was reportedly fascinated with Ayoub’s skills compared to other kids his age and signed Ayoub for the Barcelona U-11 team.