Valencia CF are pleased to welcome Spanish international striker Munir El Haddadi to the club, after a loan agreement for the player was reached today with FC Barcelona. The loan deal runs until June 30th, 2017, with an option to buy at the end of the season. Munir will wear the number 9 shirt.
The new signing is an important reinforcement for the frontline at Valencia CF. Munir El Haddadi is one of the most promising young players in Spanish football and debuted in LaLiga with FC Barcelona aged just 18. A starter in his first game for the club on Matchday 1 of the 2014/15 season, he scored in a 3-0 win against Elche.
The goal on his debut made him the youngest ever FC Barcelona player to score in the first match of the season, at 18 years and 357 days. Days later, on September 17th, 2014, he would make his first Champions League appearance, having a goal disallowed and playing 77 minutes before being substituted for Sandro Rámirez.
Born in El Escorial on September 1st, 1995, Munir is the son of a Moroccan father and Spanish mother. He has chosen to represent Spain at international level, debuting under Vicente del Bosque in a qualifying game for Euro 2016 against Macedonia at the Ciutat de Valencià stadium. Then aged 19 years and 7 days, he came on for Koke in the 77th minute. At youth level, he scored 5 goals from 10 appearances for the Spanish Under-21s, and twice for the Under 19s in 3 matches.
During his time at FC Barcelona, Munir has played 45 official matches (26 in LaLiga, 7 in the Champions League, 8 Copa del Rey games, 3 Spanish Supercopa matches and 1 Club World Cup fixture) scoring 10 goals and providing 10 assists. He is a winner of the UEFA Champions League, two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Club World Cups at senior level, and a UEFA Youth League title in a tournament in which he was both top goalscorer and provider of assists.
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