Riqui Puig set to stay at Barcelona as club ‘activate two-year extension to end January exit speculation and tie him down until 2023’… and La Masia graduate has a €100m release clause
- Riqui Puig has endured a tough season under management of Ronald Koeman
- Despite hardly playing, he will stay at Barcelona after club activated extension
- His deal now runs until 2023, and La Masia graduate has €100m release clause
- Carles Alena’s expected exit and Philippe Coutinho injury should give him a shot
Barcelona have tied down the future of Riqui Puig despite the youngster falling down the pecking order under Ronald Koeman, according to reports.
Puig, 21, is arguably the most promising talent to come out of the club’s La Masia academy in the last few years, but he has found his game-time lacking since the arrival of Koeman as boss.
With his contract set to expire in June there was talk of him leaving the Nou Camp, but Mundo Deportivo report that Barca have now activated the clause to extend his contract until 2023.
Riqui Puig has had his Barcelona contract extended until 2023, according to Mundo Deportivo
Puig has found game-time very hard to come by under Ronald Koeman at Barcelona this term
While an official announcement is expected soon, the report claims that all the paperwork is already signed, putting an end to any speculation about Puig’s future – and he will now have a €100m release clause on his head.
A number of clubs, including some in the Premier League, had been linked with a loan move for the creative midfielder, but he is now expected to continue in Koeman’s first-team plans for the rest of this season.
Arsenal were among the touted options, with Mikel Arteta said to be keen to end his Nou Camp nightmare and bring him to the Emirates.
Currently, the Spaniard has only come off the bench in two LaLiga matches, playing a total of five minutes, while he has been a substitute in a further three Champions League games.
Koeman, whose side sit fifth in the table, has opted more for the likes of Frenkie de Jong
An injury to Philippe Coutinho, who is out for three months, could give Puig more of a chance
A number of the club’s fans have called for Koeman to give Puig more of a chance on the pitch, but he has instead opted for the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, while 18-year-old Pedri has leapfrogged him in the pecking order.
With Carles Alena set to leave in January – probably on loan to Getafe – and Philippe Coutinho now injured, it should free up more space for Puig to have an impact on the first-team set-up.
On the pitch, Barca have endured a difficult start to life under the Dutchman, and they currently sit fifth in the LaLiga table.
Carles Alena’s expected January exit will also free up some space for Puig to make an impact
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