Life for La Masia’s biggest talents hasn’t exactly been easy since Ronald Koeman’s arrival. Changes were very much expected – and welcome – but no one could really predict such a huge fall from grace for the likes of Carles Aleñá and Riqui Puig.
And while the latter is set to stay at Barcelona beyond the January transfer window, the latter might not be that lucky. Not only that but according to Catalan outlet RAC1, he doesn’t even want to stay at the Camp Nou and is seeking a way out.
At the moment, we don’t know much more than that but it does seem like the 22-year-old wants regular football and believes he won’t get it from Koeman. As things currently stand, that seems like a fair assessment since other midfielders are usually preferred by the Dutchman.
What we do know, however, is that if Aleñá does leave, it will be on a loan deal to another Spanish club or a different European country altogether that can offer him a steady place within the squad.
With so many players in that midfield role at the club, and usually only two spots free each week in the starting XI, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see young players wanting more.
But given his unique profile and skill set, it’s quite strange to see Aleñá not given much more game time than he currently has been.
At the end of the day, however, it’s Koeman who decides and if nothing changes soon, another La Masia graduate will be departing the Camp Nou.
At first, luckily, on a temporary basis, but you never know where those deals might lead to in the future.
Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez
The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.
This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.
Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.
‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.
However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.
March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.
We’ll just have to wait and see.