Liverpool completed the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Magder Antonio Gomes from Villarreal on deadline day, the player has confirmed.
Even though Magder was born in Guinea-Bissau, he grew up in Spain and has represented the country's youth sides at Under-16, Under-17s and Under-18 level in recent seasons.
The attacking midfielder was considered one of the gems of Villarreal's youth system and last season he was handed his debut in the second team, who play in Spain's third division.
However, Spanish newspaper AS claims that after the club informed him their intention to keep him in a lower team rather than in Villarreal B, he opted to move away to Anfield.
The Merseyside club are currently waiting on international clearance to make the agreement official after completing his move on deadline day, but the player has already confirmed the deal through his twitter account
"So proud to be part of the @LFC club! Now it's time to keep working hard! Thanks everyone for your messages!" he wrote.
Magder has already trained with his new Academy teammates and is expected to be part of the Reds' Under 21 and Under 18 sides.
Magder becomes the latest Spaniard to abandon his childhood team for an opportunity in the English football, following in the footsteps of players such as Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique.
At Anfield he will join Spanish duo Sergi Canos and Pedro Chirivella, who last year swapped Barcelona and Valencia to move to the Liverpool academy.
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