Jutglà, a year and five days after his parrot kiss against Barcelona

The pandemic prevented the attendance of the public, and that saved him a boo of those who make time. It was 6:40 p.m. on a cold Sunday, December 13, 2020, when Ferran Jutglà broke in before Arnau Tenas to attack a header that became 1-1 between Barcelona B and Espanyol B, in party of the extinct Second B. And he celebrated it with anger, stripping off his captain’s armband and kissing it. The scene of the declaration of love was the Johan Cruyff stadium and his shirt, the blue and white. One year and five days later, This saturday, Jutglà made his debut as a Barcelona scorer, at the Camp Nou. And again with the head.


It ended like this a 370 day trip in which the extreme has left behind the nine seasons of training in the Espanyol quarry, since his arrival in 2012 with only 13 years old, and with assignments in Valencia and Sant Andreu, until he ended up wearing that bracelet in the subsidiary. A feeling so ingrained that He had participated as one more fan of the field invasion at the RCDE Stadium, on May 18, 2019, when parrots qualified on the horn for Europe. Jutglà even made his debut in a call-up of the first team, on a day as gray as the last day of LaLiga 2019-20, a Espanyol-Celta process with the team already relegated to Second. Y it was Francisco Joaquín Pérez Rufete who summoned him, as a coach then, and as sports director one of those responsible for the decision a year later not to renew it, together with the coordination of the quarry.

Author of 13 goals in the last two years, in Second B, where he participated in all the days of the last campaign, Espanyol did not see enough projection in him to settle in the first team, and that is why even knowing that the contract was ending failed to propose a renewal offer. A decision that they honestly transmitted to their environment, which defended that Jutglà’s first option was Espanyol until the end, despite the fact that the interest of Barcelona had already reached him, as also from Real Madrid and from Italian clubs.

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Ferran Jutglà celebrates his first goal with Barcelona, ​​this Saturday.

With stagnant relationships, the past June 9, it was already blunt Rufete when in an interview with AS He was asked, without mentioning his name, about how to convince a footballer who wants to go to the eternal rival: “If what you want the environment of that player is money, we will not play that game. We will fight to accelerate processes, to create identity. Those who want to be there always triumph at Espanyol”, He sentenced.

Weeks later, once his landing at the Barça club had been made official, he was already shooting the ball directly with a bullet. head of grassroots football perico, Luis Vicente Mateo: “In Espanyol, they are proper names. In other clubs sometimes it’s numbersAnd that sometimes has to be explained to the families ”. “We are the best catchment area that Barça has”, He ironized, with premonitory airs, during an appearance on July 16.

Barcelona Shield / Flag

Four goals and four assists he has been with Barcelona B this season, in First RFEF, a Ferran Jutglà whom Xavi Hernández – who had already made his testimonial debut the previous day, against Osasuna – He granted ownership this Saturday against Elche. It took 15 minutes for him to debut as an official scorer. Only time will tell if his Barça history has only just begun or if he will stay like so many others along the way, but for now he has already traveled an unlikely path in just one year and five days.


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