Barcelona winger Ez Abde has informed the management and coaching staff that he intends to fight for his position at the club and despite having numerous offers on the table, he has decided to stay in Catalonia, reports SPORT.
It was only a few days ago that it had been reported that Abde did not rule out a change in scenery, casting doubts over his Barcelona future.
As it turns out, the 21-year-old Moroccan, whose market value stands at €15 million, has decided to stay put after all which comes as good news for Barcelona since Ousmane Dembele will no longer be part of the team.
On a personal level, Abde, who spent the previous season on loan at Osasuna, is extremely pleased with how the pre-season friendlies went.
The young winger is aware that he has fulfilled Xavi’s expectations and there is absolutely no point in leaving at this time.
From the management’s point of view, Abde’s contributions in the pre-season friendlies as well as against Tottenham Hotspur in the Joan Gamper Trophy were more than remarkable. They have been particularly impressed by his speed and technical awareness.
It is true that before the beginning of the pre-season tour, Abde was the subject of all kinds of transfer rumours. In fact, the 21-year-old was said to be keenly interested in moving to Real Betis.
At the same time, he also had proposals from other La Liga teams as well as clubs from the Premier League and Bundesliga.
Back then, Barcelona were in dire of capital influx and they might have invited the offers if there was anything concrete.
As of today, though, the player has decided to stay put as he is confident that he will get the necessary minutes under Xavi in the 2023-24 season.
For now, the 21-year-old is totally committed to Barça, although he has conveyed a clear message to the board that if he is forced to settle for a secondary role, he would be open to trying new experiences in January.