7 August 2012 03:28
Cristian Tello has not been given a first-team squad number by Barcelona just weeks before the Liga season starts.
The former Espanyol forward featured heavily toward the end of the last campaign for Barca, making 22 appearances for the club in all competitions between January and the end of the 2011/12 season in May.
Despite this increased involvement, the youngster is yet to be assigned a first-team squad number for the new season, and does not appear on the first-team squad profile on the club’s official website.
Jordi Alba, the club’s only new arrival of the off-season to date, has been given the No.18 shirt, the same jersey he wore while representing Spain at Euro 2012.
Both Alba and Tello were part of Luis Milla’s Spanish Olympic squad which crashed out of the football competition at the London Games in the group stages last week following a surprise defeat to Honduras.
Barca’s first Liga match is against Real Sociedad on August 19.