RB Leipzig have signed Josep Martínez from Spanish second-division side UD Las Palmas. The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract until 2024, and will join the team in the summer (1st July).
The goalkeeper is a product of FC Barcelona's famed youth academy 'La Masia.' His appearances for the club include two games in the UEFA Youth League. Martínez made the move from the Barcelona U19s to the UD Las Palmas reserves in 2017. He made his first-team debut last season in LaLiga 2, before becoming a fixed part of the senior squad this term.
Martínez earned his first call up to the Spain U21s in October 2019, but has yet to feature for them.
SPORTING DIRECTOR MARKUS KRÖSCHE:
- "Josep Martinez is a highly-sought after, young and talented goalkeeper from Spain. The way in which he plays fits well to us and our game. At just 21 years of age, he's still eager and willing to learn and fits well within the current age range of our squad.
He will help strengthen our options in goal, and we are pleased to have signed him until summer 2024."
- "I'm looking forward to joining such a talented and young squad this summer, one that's currently at the top of the Bundesliga. RB Leipzig are an extremely professional organisation and a highly-ambitious Champions League club. They have a clear philosophy of taking young, talented players, making them better and continuing their development.
The path that the club find themselves on fits well with my personal goals. I want to take the next steps of my career here."
- Name: Josep Martínez Riera
- Birthday: 27th May 1998 in Alzira (Spain)
- Age: 21
- Nationality: Spain
- Shoots: Right
- Height: 1,91m
- Position: Goalkeeper
- As of 07/2020: RB Leipzig
- 07/2019 to 06/2020: UD Las Palmas
- 07/2017 to 06/2019: UD Las Palmas B
- 07/2016 to 06/2017: FC Barcelona U19
- 07/2015 to 06/2016: FC Barcelona U17
- LaLiga 2: 21 appearances | 6 clean sheets
- Copa del Rey: 2 appearances | 1 clean sheet
- Segunda División B: 55 appearances | 21 clean sheets
- Youth League: 2 appearances