Even though it shouldn’t exactly come as a big surprise, Riqui Puig has been brilliant for Barcelona this past couple of games and it seems that he will sign a new contract with the Catalans.
At least that’s what the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano is reporting and if he is to be believed, the young La Masia gem is indeed close to extending his loyalty with the Azulgranas. However, we still don’t have any details on the new and improved deal but that will surely follow shortly.
But as a whole, this must be brilliant news for both the club and the fans, who are all mostly on the same page – the young midfielder seems like the future of Barcelona and should be treated as such.
More recently, Quique Setién has finally given him a bigger role in some of the games, and even though the results haven’t always been ideal, Riqui Puig has been immense in the middle of the park, and the fact that he will sign a new contract with Barcelona is completely warranted.
Of course, we all knew the talent, the potential and the sheer ability were always there. After all, Puig is Barcelona personified and represents the true values of both the club and La Masia with his technical skill, immaculate first touch, positional awareness and sky-high footballing IQ.
People will tell you that he’s far too slim and small but when has that ever stopped a Barça midfielder from dominating the games? In the Catalans’ eyes and the eyes of their fans, Puig is a giant. And rightly so.
With him at the club, the future surely looks a bit brighter.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.