Riqui Puig’s condition in Barcelona is, to say the least, unusual. The youngster is struggling for game time, even though we’re talking about potentially the biggest La Masia talent that’s already in the squad.
Of course, on the very same topic, Ronald Koeman is being bombarded with questions, but the coach is adamant that only those who deserve to play can play. In that regard, the Dutchman did not mention Puig directly, but if you read between the lines, it sounds like he’s suggesting it.
Be that as it may, there has also been a lot of talk about Puig being forced to temporarily leave the club by moving to a club on a loan that would suit his skills and overall growth. However, this will not happen this January, according to Fabrizio Romano’s latest update.
Not only that, but the reputable journalist says that Barcelona wants to extend the deal for Puig until 2023 to ensure that he remains at the club for the near future and that he will not do so as a free agent if he leaves.
So a two-fold approach is this course of action. Firstly, if the youngster is eventually sold somewhere down the road, make sure they earn some cash. And secondly, they will still have him for at least three more years if he fulfills his potential and turns out to be the player they expect him to be.
This is good news for Barcelona fans as a whole, as it means that the youngster will stay for a while longer. However, it does not guarantee that Koeman is suddenly going to look at him differently.