Second-tier English soccer side Birmingham City have entered into a strategic partnership with third-tier Spanish soccer side UE Cornella.
Under the terms of the agreement, the English Football League (EFL) Championship club will have the opportunity send academy players to UE Cornella on loan or to training camps. Prospects Remeao Hutton, Charlie Lakin, Connor Stanley and Remi Walker have already visited the Catalonian side.
In addition, the initiative will allow the club’s development coaches such as Richard Beale the chance to learn different training methods from their Spanish counterparts. The Blues will also spend part of their next pre-season at the Spanish side’s training ground.
After 12 games of their 2017/18 Championship campaign, Birmingham City currently occupy 21st position in the table. The relegation candidates sacked veteran British manager Harry Redknapp after six straight defeats that left the team second bottom in the table. New manager Steve Cotterill won his opening fixture at home against Cardiff but most recently his side tasted defeat to Millwall 2-0 away from home.