​​Barcelona have confirmed that they have renewed the contract of highly rated teenager and Tottenham target Carles Alena, according to the club's ​official website.

The new deal includes a sizeable release clause of €75m, which will likely terminally damage Spurs' hopes of signing the youngster.

Alena emerged as one of the most talented players in the youth ranks of La Masia, and last season impressed in midfield for Barcelona B.

With reported concerns over contract negotiations, Tottenham were keen to make a surprise swoop for the 19-year-old before the Catalan club could agree a deal. 

But Barcelona were keen to ensure that one of their most talented young players did not leave, having already seen Eric Garcia and Jordi Mboula move elsewhere.


A statement on the club's website read: "FC Barcelona and Carles Aleñá have reached a contract agreement that will see the youngster sign on for the next three years.If Aleñá joins the first team then the deal will be extended by a further two years, and his release clause will reach €75million.

"Carles Aleñá played a key part in Barça B's promotion campaign and has also made his first team debut under Luis Enrique, scoring an important goal in the Copa del Rey against Hércules."

Alena could be included in Barcelona's first team next season, with new coach Ernesto Valverde likely to promote some youth to further bolster his squad.