Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of former Barcelona wonderkid Xavi Simons.

The 16-year-old joins the Ligue 1 champions on a professional contract through June 30, 2022.

Earlier on Tuesday, Simons announced that he was departing Barcelona, after coming up through the club's La Masia academy.

"At age 16, Xavi is among the most promising players in Dutch football.

"With a high technical quality and an excellent vision of the game, this young talent will now continue his training at the Rouge et Bleu," a PSG statement read.

It is understood that Barca offered Simons a €100k-a-season deal and were willing to promote him to their Juvenil A team, but the player opted to continue his career in Paris.

"Today is not easy, as saying goodbye is one of the hardest things in life and today it's my turn to say goodbye to what has been my home, my family, my life for as long as I can remember.

"As I am about to start a new and exciting adventure away from Barcelona, this club, its people and its fans will always hold a special place in my heart," Simons posted on Twitter.

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