Premier League - Stoke sign Barcelona defender

Stoke City have confirmed the arrival of Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa on a free transfer.

Premier League - Stoke sign Barcelona defender

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Barcelona, Marc Muniesa (Imago)

The 21-year-old was in the Spain squad which retained the European U-21 Championship, and has signed a four-year deal.

“I’m very excited about moving to England to play for Stoke City," Muniesa said, "and will do everything I can to help the club.

“It wasn’t a big decision for me to make. I came to England yesterday to meet the people at the club and look around the training ground, which is very impressive.

“My season only finished a fortnight ago when the European Championships ended, but I can’t wait to get started for Stoke. I would start tomorrow if the club asked me to.”

Manager Mark Hughes said the lure of the Premier League brought Muniesa to the Potteries.

“I know he’s very highly-regarded in Spain," Hughes said, "and was attracting interest from clubs in La Liga, but he’s an ambitious young man and wants to test himself in English football.”

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