Barcelona have confirmed that Yusuf Demir’s loan spell with the Catalans has ended and that he will return to Austrian side Rapid Vienna.
The Austrian winger joined the Catalan giants on a season-long loan deal in July last year with the option of making the move permanent for a fixed £8.3million (€10m) fee.
Had Demir played one more game for Barcelona, the mandatory purchase option would have kicked in. Therefore, Barcelona opted to terminate the 18-year-old’s loan spell instead.
Barcelona have confirmed that Yusuf Demir’s loan spell with the Catalans has ended
FC Barcelona and @skrapid have reached an agreement to end the loan of Yusuf Demir, who will be returning to the Austrian club. pic.twitter.com/je9eJBAPS9
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2022
Demir performed well during pre-season but failed to make the most of his promise during the early part of the LaLiga season.
The winger failed to record a goal or assist in any of his six league games or three Champions League matches.
Therefore, as previously reported by Sportsmail, Xavi did not see the 18-year-old forming part of the club’s future.
Barcelona boss Xavi (centre) did not see Austria international as part of the club’s future
The £8.3m saved on Demir helped to register new signing Ferran Torres (centre) this month
As a result, the Austrian international has left Barcelona after featuring in nine games for the Catalan side.
The move continues the clear-out of deadwood in the Barcelona squad, with Philippe Coutinho having joined Aston Villa on loan with a £33m buy option included.
Additionally, the £8.3m saved also helped contribute to Barcelona’s ability to finally register Ferran Torres, who joined from Manchester City earlier this month.