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Barça cast off Halilovic joins Las Palmas on loan from Hamburg

Halilovic spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Sporting Gijon, where he played regularly and helped them avoid relegation, before being sold to Hamburg last year.

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Barça cast off Halilovic joins Las Palmas on loan from Hamburg

Croatia's youngest ever international Alen Halilovic has joined Las Palmas on loan until the end of next season in a bid to revitalise his promising career after failing to establish himself at Hamburg SV.

"Las Palmas and Hamburg have today agreed a loan deal for Croatia international Alen Halilovic until the end of the 2017-18 season," the club, who are 11th in La Liga, said in a statement on Thursday. "In the loan contract the club reserves an option to buy the 20-year-old."

Ex-Barcelona

The playmaker made his Croatia debut aged 16 in 2013 and then signed for Barcelona from Dinamo Zagreb on a four-year deal.

Halilovic during his time at Gijon last season

He spent a single season at the Nou Camp, predominantly playing for the club's reserve team in Spain's second tier.

Halilovic spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Sporting Gijon, where he played regularly and helped them avoid relegation.

€5 million

Barcelona sold him to Hamburg last year for a fee reported to be 5 million euros ($5.35 million), although the Catalans retained a 10-million-euro buy-back clause.

He only made one Bundesliga start for the German club, who have spent most of the campaign fighting a relegation battle.