Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce it has completed the signing of 18-year-old defender Juan Larios from Manchester City on a five-year contract.

Born in Tomares, a suburb of Seville, Larios was on the books of Sevilla before moving to Barcelona in 2016 at the age of 12.

Staying in Catalonia for four years, the Spanish Under-19 international arrived in England in 2020, where he became a regular starter in City’s Elite Development Squad in Premier League 2.

Primarily a left-back, Larios is a versatile player who has also featured at right-back and on the wing, and will provide welcome competition to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s first-team squad.

Southampton manager Hasenhüttl commented: “Juan is a talented young player who has shown he has the technical qualities and personality to improve our team.

“This is a positive step in continuing our way of signing young and hungry players with a desire to get better with us.

“We hope to be able to give Juan the opportunity to play Premier League football, and his adaptability in being able to play in different positions can definitely help us this season and in the future.”

Juan Larios said: “I’m so happy to be here in Southampton. I’m really looking forward to starting with the team.

“I like the philosophy of the club, to develop young players and trust them. I was talking with the manager and the club, and they showed me how brave they are. They told me they believe in me, for now and for the future.”