West Brom defender Danny Barbir tweets delight at first pro deal

The 17-year-old American centre-back joined the Baggies from Manchester City last summer.

West Bromwich Albion defender Danny Barbir has taken to Twitter to express his delight at signing his first professional contract with the Premier League club.

The American centre-back first moved across the Atlantic in 2013 to trial with multiple European teams, including Aston Villa and Fulham, before settling on top-flight champions Manchester City, where he began playing for the youth team upon turning 16 in January 2014.

He opted to move on to West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season, however, in order to get a clearer path to first-team football, and has since become a regular for the team’s Under-18s.

“It was such an honour to play for Manchester City but I am looking forward to life at West Brom,” he told American Soccer Now back in September. “I think the most important thing about coming to West Brom is that that they had a pathway for me to the first team.

“I am playing with older players, which will make me better physically. So that is one of the main reasons why I went to West Brom.”

Boasting a Romanian passport through his father, which allowed him to make the move to England, Barbir is a first-choice starter for the US Under-17s and helped the team seal qualification for the 2015 World Cup last month after netting in a shootout win over Jamaica.

Romania have been courting his services in the past but the 6ft 4in stopper instead looks to have a bright future with the States, as well as with West Brom, having even trained with the first-team earlier this month.

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