Louie Barry leaves Barcelona: Aston Villa confirm deal for 16-year-old striker

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Louie Barry has ended his brief Barcelona career and signed for Aston Villa in a deal which the Premier League club believe sends a "powerful message of ambition."

Academy manager Mark Harrison insists Villa's capture of the highly-rated 16-year-old striker shows the Birmingham club's bold plans for the future.

Barry rejected a senior contract at boyhood club West Brom and joined Barcelona in July 2019, but has now returned to England to sign for one the Baggies' fiercest rivals.

"This sends a powerful message about the ambition of this football club," said Harrison.

"We're delighted, Louie is a local person and his family are all Villa fans, as is Louie."

Barry made 10 appearances for Barcelona's youth teams, scoring two goals.

"He is still a very young man but as he's developed he's always been one player that you always recognise as having outstanding attributes," Harrison told Villa's official club website.

"He's got a fantastic mentality, he's desperate to do well for this football club.

"He's really driven, he's got great family support, but in terms of what he can achieve, we firmly believe that he can be an outstanding number nine for this football club."

Additional reporting by PA.