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UPDATED 12:09 17th September 2015

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UNDOUBTEDLY one of Mark Hughes' most astute captures, Marc Muniesa has made tremendous progress since making a surprise move from Spanish giants FC Barcelona in the summer of 2013.

A talented and highly-regarded defender, Muniesa was an unused substitute for Barca when they claimed their third Champions League crown in May, 2009.

A naturally gifted footballer, the youngster has added physicality to his game since making the move to the Premier League and last season displayed the qualities that once saw him on the cusp of the Barca starting eleven.

A calm and composed defender, he will be eager to build upon his two impressive campaigns in North Staffordshire thus far, and establish himself as Ryan Shawcross' long-term central defensive partner.

The 22-year-old also boasts an Under 21 European Championship winner's medal to his name, having featured for his country at the tournament in Israel two years ago.

It was all about adaptation for Muniesa during his first season at the Club, learning to cope with the physical demands of English football, before emerging more prominently during the 2014/15 campaign.

He scored two goals during a Capital One Cup victory at Sunderland in September and then never looked back, partnering Ryan Shawcross at central defence for the majority of the campaign after taking his chance to partner the captain following injury to Marc Wilson.

Two days prior to the start of the 2015/16 season, Muniesa agreed a new four year contract at the Britannia Stadium.