Riqui Puig is waiting for the departures and arrivals in the transfer market, which closes this Monday, to have an official first-team number.
Riqui will stop using the number 28 since according to the regulations of La Liga, the players of the first team are only allowed to use numbers ranging from 1 to 25. As things stand, Puig could grab the number 4, 9, or 25. However, number 12 would also be available for him in case the transfer of Rafinha Alcántara becomes official.
Ronald Koeman informed Riqui Puig that the player does not enter his plans in the short term just a couple of weeks ago. The Dutchman advised the young talent to go out on loan to gain experience and benefit from the minutes that he would not get at the Catalan club.
Despite his situation with Koeman, Puig wanted to stay in the team hoping to gain the confidence of the Dutch coach. The 21-year-old is finally getting some good news, since now, he can be part of the first team. Even so, we will have to wait and see how things will develop — basically whether he will manage to impress Koeman or not — for the La Masia graduate.
Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”
After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.
Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”
He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”
He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”
The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.