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Riqui Puig stays at Barcelona hoping to prove Koeman wrong

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Yesterday morning, Ronald Koeman informed Riqui Puig that the player is not in his plans, and the best solution for him would be looking for a new club.

The news made many Culés quickly turn against Koeman, who shortly afterward corrected his words and stated that “he only advised him to go out on loan to get more minutes“. It is noteworthy that Koeman’s correction came after president Bartomeu’s statement in which the chief told that “the media exaggerated” and that “it isn’t true that the coach does not count on Puig”.

According to Sports correspondent Albert Roge, Puig wants to stay at Barcelona and prove the Dutch manager wrong.

Fans see Riqui Puig as one of La Masia’s best players in the last decade, if not the best, hence the 21-year-old is considered “untouchable”.

With Pjanic being a new option in the midfield for the manager, we would have to wait and see whether Puig will surprise Koeman and make it into his eleven.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

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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.”

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.

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