According to the reliable Alfredo Martinez, the Barcelona dressing room is divided because of Riqui Puig. Reportedly, there are certain players that do not like him in the team.
Earlier, it was reported that coach Ronald Koeman did not grant the youngster minutes because the Dutchman considers Puig a ‘leaker’, referring to the news that broke out the fact that he doesn’t count on the player.
Against Levante, Koeman did not give minutes to Puig, despite the 21-year-old’s brilliant performance against Juventus coming off from the bench. After the game, the Dutchman was asked why Puig did not play:
“Obviously, there are things I can’t share with the press. Puig wasn’t played because the score was 1-0, and I thought that it wasn’t necessary for him to participate,” Koeman said.
When asked whether the reason for not giving him minutes is that he considers the player a ‘leaker’, Koeman said: “I do not want to discuss that. Those matters are discussed in the dressing room, not with the press.”
At this point, it is more than clear that the Dutchman holds a grudge against the young midfielder. Considering the team’s recent form, it is more than obvious that Puig could add a lot, and it is absolutely the worst moment to have personal problems with players.
With the latest reports claiming that the dressing room does not like Puig either, it might be the case that the heavyweights are as much bothered with the player as Koeman. Issues happening in the dressing room should stay there, but does Puig really deserve to be written off entirely for such mistake?
Normally, a president would interfere on the case, but considering that there is currently no stability within the club, it looks like we have to wait until the elections to see how the issue will resolve.