Barcelona Midfielder doesn’t want to go out on loan
There has been a lot of excitement surrounding Riqui Puig, with many tipping him for greatness at Barcelona, but he has thus far not had the chance to thrive in the Catalan side’s first team.
That led Patrick Kluivert, Barcelona‘s director of youth football, to state that it would be beneficial for Puig to leave the club on loan, however the 20-year-old is not interested in departing the Blaugrana.
“At all times I have said that I want to stay at Barcelona,” Puig said at an event held by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).
“There’s a lot of people upstairs and opportunities [in the first team] are rare.
“At the moment I do not plan on leaving the club and I am very happy in Barcelona.
“I’m going to stay here for now.”
It appears as though the youngster does not have the best of relationships with Kluivert, whom he hasn’t spoken to about his future.
“He hasn’t spoken to me,” Puig stated.
“There is also [Barcelona‘s sporting director, Eric] Abidal above him and I think we need to talk to him about these issues because he is the one who is in charge of Barcelona B.”
Naturally, rumours began to swirl about where Puig may go if he was to leave in January, yet the player himself is adamant that he doesn’t want to go anywhere.
“I want to stay, it’s very nice here,” he recognised.
“Some directors have spoken to my father, but they haven’t made it clear to us what they want to do with me.”
Despite his obvious talent, Puig has been overlooked with regard to Barcelona‘s first team, although he does appreciate that there is a lot of competition in midfield in Ernesto Valverde‘s squad.
“It is true that this year I am scoring goals, providing assists and we are all at a high level at Barcelona B,” Puig added.
“The opportunities [in the first team] are very rare, and when I have had the chance [to play under Valverde] I have shown that I have the level capable of being in the first team.
“You have to understand that Valverde has a lot of midfield players [in his squad].”