A couple of days have passed since the official announcement of Riqui Puig‘s promotion to the first team. Now, Barcelona wants to extend the player’s contract for 2 more years. In addition, the 21-year-old is willing to stay at the Catalan club.
Before the start of the 2020/21 season, Ronald Koeman had suggested Riqui looking for a 1-year loan deal through his agent since, until he convinces the Dutchman, he would not get minutes in the team. The coach could not find a place in the 4-2-3-1 structure for Puig.
Even though fans wanted to see the 21-year-old on the pitch, Koeman had his arguments and had a solid answer to Puig’s situation. He was honest and gave him a possible solution to improve in another team — without losing the player in a permanent deal.
Nevertheless, the former La Masia graduate ignored the advice of the Dutch coach and decided to show him through his talent and work that he is a player capable of shining in the first team.
Later, without success in closing important signings, Barcelona needed more players in the first team. That’s when the club decided to promote Puig, who is now officially part of his beloved club at the elite level. Riqui will wear the number 12 that Rafinha left when signing for PSG.
According to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barça wants to extend the player’s contract by triggering a clause that already exists in his current contract. Now it’s up to Riqui Puig to do his part and take a step forward to earn Koeman’s trust.
Despite being called for all the fixtures in La Liga this season, the Catalan player has not had any minutes yet. We will have to wait and see how things will develop for the 21-year-old.
Source: Fabrizio Romano (through his patreon channel)
Dembélé is expected to start against Ferencváros after impressive Osasuna display
Ronald Koeman is well aware of the limitations concerning Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman is an incredible asset and a highly talented player. However, he is also injury prone and Barcelona can’t afford to use him relentlessly.
For that reason, the young winger has been on the bench for the last couple of games despite performing on a regularly high level whenever chosen to play. According to a new report from SPORT, however, Dembélé is expected to start Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League clash against Ferencváros.
This is a direct result of another encouraging performance just the other night against Osasuna. The Frenchman came off the bench and even scored a great goal before it was ruled offside. We’ve also seen him play at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against Atlético Madrid but back then, he sprained his shoulder so Koeman had to be extra careful going into the next games.
But the main thing is that Dembélé is still very much an important part of the squad and offers a unique profile to the coach. For that reason, and seeing how he’s once again 100% fit, everything indicates he’ll be back in the gala XI on Wednesday, as SPORT suggest.
This, needless to say, is a rather encouraging sign for a player who was so close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window.
Long may it continue!