UPDATED 01:53 18th August 2014
MARC MUNIESA, who arrived at Stoke City in the summer 2013, boasted a rich pedigree having been schooled by footballing super power Barcelona and he showcased his talents to the Potteries faithful after gradually forcing his way in the starting eleven.
After making his first Premier League appearance in a disastrous 4-0 defeat at Everton in November, the Spaniard slowly grew in stature to complete the final few games of the season and dislodge Erik Pieters at left back.
Muniesa arrived on British shores for the first time last summer La Liga giants Barcelona for whom he made his debut for as a 17-year-old and in the process became the second youngest player to make a first team appearance for the Catalan club.
It was a debut to forget as he was harshly red-carded but his elevation to the first team scene was confirmation of his rich potential, which had reportedly been spotted by Chelsea who were strongly linked with him as a teenager.
A few days after his debut he was named among the substitutes for the 2009 Champions League Final against Manchester United but he didn’t get chance to join the action as Barca ran out 2-0 winners in Rome.
He was a regular starter for Barcelona B, who play in the Second Division of Spanish football, and underlined his versatility by operating either in the centre of defence or at left back.
Muniesa’s Barcelona contract expired at the end of last season – at which point Stoke swooped to add him to their Britannia Stadium squad.
He’s also no stranger to international football, having represented Spain at Under-16, 17, 19 and 21 levels. He was a member of the Spanish squad that retained the European Under-21 Championship in Israel in June ’13.