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Carles Alena agrees new three-year contract to stay with Barcelona

Barcelona have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with midfielder Carles Alena over a new three-year contract with the club.

In the case that Alena, 19, is promoted to the first team, a further two years will be added to the terms and his release clause will increase to €75 million.

Barca will be relieved to have tied down the youngster -- who on Tuesday was linked with a move to Tottenham -- following the loss of teenage forward Jordi Mboula to Monaco last week.

Reports also suggest Eric Garcia and Mateu Morey are set to leave for Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively as the Catalan club fight to hold on to their brightest prospects.

Alena was a key part of the Barca B team which won promotion to the second tier of Spanish football last season and trained regularly with the first team.

Former Barca coach Luis Enrique handed him his debut in a Copa del Rey game against Hercules and he responded by scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw.

In April, Alena made his La Liga debut for Barca against Granada off the bench and further substitute appearances followed against Sevilla and Osasuna at the end of the season.

Barca had feared losing Alena, who before committing to a new deal would have been available for just €3m, but the player has always expressed his desire to continue at the Camp Nou.

New Barca coach Ernesto Valverde will now make a decision this summer on whether Alena will be with the first team or B team next season.

Alena will spend preseason with the first team, though, and is expected to go on the club's tour of the United States, where they will play three International Champions Cup games.

Juventus will be their opponents in New Jersey on July 22, followed by matches against Manchester United in Washington on July 26 and Real Madrid in Miami on July 29.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.

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