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Riqui hits the floor: He doesn't play with Koeman and doesn't count for the U21

Published:10/11/2020 - 18:08h

Updated:10/11/2020 - 21:01h

Riqui Puig is surely going through his worst moment since he made his debut with FC Barcelona. The midfielder is not playing with Koeman and now he does not even count for the Under-21 team

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"It is not truth that do not have he. I spoke with him. I speak with the youngsters, they have to play. They can not be without playing. I have said him that it has it complicated and that there is a lot of competition. But at all more. I have commented him that has future here, but depends of the player. It would recommend him go yielded. To the 20 years, the youngsters have to play. They can not be stopped during long", commented Ronald Koeman on Riqui Puig on 25 September.

These words of the trainer barcelonista on the one of Matadepera were to leave him clear that this season went to happen long in the bench. The Dutch recommended him that it went yielded, but the Catalan refused the proposal and preferred to remain, trusting that over time it would win opportunities and minutes. Unfortunately for him, the warning of the technician is fulfilling and Riqui hardly has played in this start of campaign.

The mediocampista so alone has contested three minutes in what it goes of season. Puig jumped to the green in front of the Getafe in the 87 and played the three minutes of statutory time more the discount. In this can resumirse his participation with the Barça in which it is being a disappointing course for him. Luckily, until this stop, the canterano had to the Spanish selection Sub-21, for which was being indisputable.

Luis de la Fuente called to Riqui for the announcements of September and of October, and expected that it followed having he. But the Spanish trainer has guided by the little that is explaining the one of the Barcelona and for this stop of November has not called him. His only joy, that was being Spain, also has gone and has caused that the one of Matadepera have hit rock bottom.

The worst for him is that Koeman does not seem had to change his rotation to enter him, since it does not see him like mediocentro in the double pivote. In fact, it does some days, the one of Zaandam elogió the attitude of Carles Aleñá for trying adapt to this position, and launched in passing an indirect to Puig. "With Aleñá spoke on his future here, the same that with Riqui. I have seen to Aleñá with many win in the trainings, with win to improve like pivote. If somebody deserves minutes in the entrenos give it to him, always is in hands of the players", commented.

Riqui Puig finishes agreement in 2021

It is necessary to remember that the young footballer finishes agreement in 2021, although the Barça has a clause to renew it automatically. His future, in principle, does not run danger, but if Koeman remains further of the next summer, the Catalan could have to go out yielded in search of minutes. His situation is complicated and the worst for him is that it does not seem that it go to change too much. Only a miracle could do that Riqui begin to be important in this Barcelona.

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