Albert Celades was once a highly promising made in FC Barcelona midfielder (1995-1999). But through a combination of club politics, management mishandling, horrific signings from abroad but also inconsistent form, Celades left the club and actually also spent five seasons with Real Madrid. The now retired 38-year-old is manager of the Spanish under-16 side and has called six players from Barça’s Cadete A. These six have passed through the grueling selection of youngsters in Spain that began last August, winding down 55 hopefuls to the final 23 to 25. The six are: Defender Marc Cucurella, midfielders Carles Aleñá, Dani Morer and Oriol Busquets and forwards Carles Pérez and Dani Olmo.
With six representatives in the 24 man squad, FC Barcelona can boast the largest contingent. Sporting Gijon, Valencia and Villarreal have each sent four while other clubs have sent usually only one. Real Madrid account for two of the 24.