Ex-Nottingham Forest youngster Roger Riera is set to join Barcelona B from NAC Breda, according to Spanish newspaper, Sport.

It is thought that a deal is imminent and will see Riera rejoin the club where he came through the youth ranks.

Back in 2014, Stuart Pearce added the centre-back to the club’s under-23 outfit.

It was deemed an exciting addition on the basis that he had arrived having been released by Barcelona.

NAC Breda v FC Dordrecht - Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie
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The 19-year-old had been captain at various youth levels coming through the ranks at the Nou Camp.

During 2013/14 he wore the armband as the club won the UEFA Youth Champions League, beating Benfica in the final.

Riera spent just two years at Forest though and was released when Dougie Freedman was handed managerial duties.

Since leaving the City Ground he has worked hard to carve out a career for himself.

His move to Barcelona B is no surprise given his vast experience playing B-team football.

The intelligent centre-back played 52 times for Celta Vigo and 70 times for Villarreal B, before joining NAC Breda.

In Holland he managed 48 appearances and managed five goals.

His move to Barcelona B is set to be completed in ahead of deadline and he will arrive back at the club where it all began.

Did Forest let Riera go too soon?

It has to be said that the team probably was right to let him go.

A desire to return back to Spain was evident and he wasn’t really close to winning a first-team chance at Forest.

His career path since leaving England has seen him play in the Dutch second-tier and with two B-teams in Spain.

PSV U23 v NAC Breda - Dutch Keuken Kampioen Divisie
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At 25, that doesn’t suggest a player who has completely proven himself in men’s football just yet.

He has clearly done okay during his time with NAC Breda and he’ll undoubtedly relish the chance to return to Barcelona.

Riera was one of several academy players at Forest than came with lots of promise but couldn’t quite grasp the step up.

As a teenager his frame was slight and it’ll now be interesting to see what he can achieve with Barcelona B.

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