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Koeman clears up the Riqui Puig situation: "I told him it will be difficult for him to play"

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Pin Puig has a future at the club. EFE
Puig has a future at the club. EFE

Koeman clears up the Riqui Puig situation: "I told him it will be difficult for him to play"

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After Barcelona's 1-0 win against Elche, Ronald Koeman made an appearance to talk about one of the day's controversies: the Riqui Puig situation, who he had earlier told didn't feature in his plans for the side. According to the Dutchman, he spoke with the midfielder and told him that "it will be difficult for him to play", but that "he has a future" at the club.

'RAC1' kickstarted controversy after saying this Saturday that Ronald Koeman does not have Riqui Puig in his plans for Barcelona. Apparently, the midfielder will have to leave the team due to the difficulty of getting game time at Barca. In fact, he was not in the squad to face off against Elche.

Barca defeated Elche to take the Joan Gamper trophy and after the match, Ronald Koeman talked to the press. As well as giving his analysis of the match, the coach was questioned by 'TV3' about the situation of Riqui Puig and he tried to clarify the situation.

"It's not true that I told him I don't have a use for him. I talked to him, in my opinion, young people have to play. This is the message for Riqui, Aleñá, and maybe Pedri later on. I told him that it will be very complicated because there is a lot of competition, but I think he has a future here", said Koeman.

The coach understands that he has the centre of the field covered with Busquets, Aleñá, Pjanic and De Jong, and that Riqui Puig will have a very difficult time getting played. For this reason, he was also asked about the option of a transfer for the midfielder.

"It's a possibility, for him and for other very young players. Being 20, he has to play, he can't stop without playing for a while. Riqui has too much competition in the squad", answered the Barca coach.

 

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