Paris Saint-Germain signs teenager Xavi Simons after Barcelona exit

He was one of Barcelona's most exciting prospects but Xavi Simons, 16, has signed a three-year deal with Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

New PSG signing Xavi Simons (right)   -  Bongarts

Highly-rated 16-year-old Xavi Simons has signed for Paris Saint-Germain following his departure from Barcelona.

The youngster joined the La Masia academy nine years ago and was considered one of the Catalan club's most exciting prospects.

The Netherlands youth international, however, decided against extending his stay with the LaLiga champion and has signed a professional contract until 2022 with PSG.

In a statement posted on social media, Simons said: "Even if I am only 16 years old, I have felt the love and support of hundreds of thousands of Barca fans that wanted me to keep growing and someday make it to Camp Nou.

"As I am about to start a new and exciting adventure away from Barcelona, this club, its people and its fans will always hold a special place in my heart."

PSG also announced it has signed former Lyon youth midfielder Hussayn Touati, 17, on a two-year deal, and 16-year-old goalkeeper Denis Franchi, from Italian junior club Falchi, for three years.

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