MADRID, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona have decided to loan young forward Gerard Deulofeu to BBVA Primera Liga rivals, Sevilla for the coming season.
Barcelona made the deal official on their website, meaning that the forward, who was part of the preliminary Spain squad ahead of this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, will spend his second year loaned out after playing for Everton in England last year.
The 20-year-old had been expected to form part of Barca's first team squad for the coming campaign after impressing with Everton during the second half of the season, but his performances in Barca's pre-season friendlies has been disappointing and left coach Luis Enrique clearly unimpressed.
"It is an operation designed to maximize the participation and optimize the footballing development of the player," said the statement made by Barcelona on Friday.
Deulofeu will meet up with former Barcelona B-team player, Denis Suarez at Sevilla, Suarez who is on loan impressed in the European Supercup against Madrid on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the Spanish Football League (LFP) announced late on Thursday night that it was suspending the start of the season in the Liga Adelante (Spanish Second Division), due to start on Aug. 23, because of confusion surrounding the situation of Real Murcia.
Murcia were relegated from the division a week ago for failing to meet their financial obligations and a debt of 11 million euros to the Spanish Treasury and Mirandes were returned to the Liga Adelante to replace them.
However, on Wednesday a Madrid based court accepted Murica's appeal against relegation and stated they had to be reinstated in the category, something the LFP has stated will not happen.
The LFP will now hold an emergency meeting on Monday to try and resolve the situation.