Fontàs to get his own place at Barça's first team
FC Barcelona announced that the Catalan Andreu Fontàs will be playing with the first team in the 2011/12 season. His buy-out clause will be automatically raised to 30 million euros. He is another player from Barça’s junior teams that reaches the club’s main squad.
Barcelona (FCB).- FC Barcelona is famous not only for its victories but by the way it plays football, with many players coming from its junior teams, such as Leo Messi, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Carles Puyol, or Barça\u2019s coach, Pep Guardiola. The last players to join the club\u2019s main squad have been Thiago Alcántara, and from the next season, Andreu Fontàs. Catalan Andreu Fontàs, from Banyoles (next to Girona), has been promoted and will have his own place among the first team players. His buy-out clause will be automatically raised to 30 million euros. As well as this raise, Andreu Fontàs, who had a contract until 2012, will also automatically see his contract with FC Barcelona extended to June 30th 2013.
In first team since Abidal illness
Andreu Fontàs, a regular in Luis Enrique\u2019s Barça B, was temporarily promoted to the first team on March 16, 2011 to provide cover for Éric Abidal, who had been diagnosed with a liver tumour. Fontàs continued working with Josep Guardiola until the end of the season and appeared in eight games. But he had already made his first team debut in the 2009/10 Spanish League campaign against Sporting Gijón at the Camp Nou (3-0).
Andreu Fontàs joined the club from Girona in 2007. He played in Barça\u2019s youth team for a season, and for Barça B for two and a half years before moving up to the first team.