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Barca bring youngster Cucurella back from Eibar

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Barca bring youngster Cucurella back from Eibar
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Eibar v Real Madrid - Ipurua, Eibar, Spain - November 24, 2018 Eibar's Marc Cucurella REUTERS/Vincent West   -   Copyright  VINCENT WEST(Reuters)
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona have re-signed left back Marc Cucurella from Eibar after the 20-year-old’s impressive first season in the Spanish top flight.

A statement from the La Liga champions said they had exercised a buy-back clause in the player’s contract for four million euros, less than two months after Eibar had agreed to sign him on a permanent basis for two million euros.

Cucurella, who can play on the left side of defence and on the left wing, came through Barca’s youth ranks but only played seven minutes of first-team football in the Copa del Rey before moving to Eibar on loan last season, playing 31 La Liga games.

He made his name with a stunning performance in the Basque team’s 3-0 win over Real Madrid and scored against Barca in a 2-2 draw on the final day of the season.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond)