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Lee Seung-woo ponders Barcelona exit

South Korean wonderkid has suggested that he could leave if Barcelona do not guarantee him a chance of first-team football.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder was promoted to the Barcelona’s Juvenil A team last season after making his debut for Barcelona B during the 2015-16 campaign.

Lee is currently tied with a contract at Camp Nou until 2019 since joining the club’s academy six years ago from Incheon United. However, his agent Pere Guardiola hinted that a move to Borussia Dortmund could happen in this summer.

“After meeting with the team and listening to other people’s advice, I will make the best decision possible,” he said as revealed by Yonhap.

“If I do not play for Barcelona then I will choose a team that offers me the best options.

“I have to prepare myself for the new season at a crucial moment (in my career) and I would like to continue my development to improve as a footballer.

“If I play well for another club then I might just go back to Barcelona later. That’s football, and moving to another team would not mean failure.”

Lee was a regular scorer for La Masia and has won MVP awards at several tournaments. His performances also helped South Korea reaching the round of 16 of FIFA U-20 World Cup this year.