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Racing Santander have completed the signing of Barcelona youngster Damia Abella.

The 23-year-old has joined on loan for the remainder of this season and next term as well.

A product of Barca's youth system, the defender broke into the first-team picture at Camp Nou a couple of seasons ago but has struggled to claim regular playing time.

His progress this term has been hampered by a hernia injury, whilst he also found the likes of Juliano Belletti, Oleguer and Gabri ahead of him in the pecking order at Camp Nou.

He will be hoping to kick-start his career at Racing, although Barca will continue to keep a close eye on him.

They have inserted an option into the loan deal to recall him at any time and have also refused Racing any chance to sign him permanently.

The player is already training with his new team-mates and is confident Racing will not face a relegation battle this year, stating: "I don't believe this team will struggle."