The future of Riqui Puig lies in Barcelona, that much is certain. Not only that but according to the newest report from Mundo Deportivo, the deal to extend his contract until 2023 has already been signed, albeit without an official announcement as of yet.
Of course, this does come as a surprise because of the 21-year-old talent’s current situation in Ronald Koeman’s squad. Puig has the potential to become a world-class player but for one reason or the other, the new coach doesn’t seem to like what he’s seeing so far.
For that reason, Riqui has mostly been cast aside and relegated to the bench or even the stands throughout the 2020/21 campaign. However, it does seem the club sees him as a real option for the future, hence the renovation.
Mundo Deportivo claim that multiple clubs were interested in the youngster but Barcelona were never going to sell him despite the various rumours persisting among the media outlets.
Of course, by extending his contract, the Catalans are also making sure that if he does leave somewhere further down the line, they won’t lose him on a free transfer.
However, right now, we should just be happy that he’s staying put at the Camp Nou for the time being.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.