‘He trusts me’: Barcelona prospect Riqui Puig confident that Ronald Koeman will give him chances to impress this season ‘after being told to find a new club’
- Riqui Puig is hopeful that Ronald Koeman will give him sufficient playing time
- Koeman reportedly previously decided that the midfielder wasn’t in his plans
- Puig has now been promoted to the first-team and wants to get in Spain squad
Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig has revealed that he is confident that manager Ronald Koeman will give him sufficient chances this season.
The 21-year-old was officially promoted to Barcelona’s first-team squad this week and was allocated the No 12 shirt.
Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig is confident Ronald Koeman will give him chances to impress
Puig told Marca: ‘It is true that if I do not have minutes with the club, it will be very difficult to go to the Euros (with Spain). I think that at Barca I will end up having minutes and some opportunities and will be able to go to the Euros,’
‘Yes, I am optimistic (of minutes), otherwise I would not have stayed at Barca.
‘At Barca I want to succeed, claim a position and I don’t see any other way. I’m very happy in Barcelona, I have my family, I think I’ll end up playing.’
There had previously been suggestions that Puig had been told to find a new club after it appeared that he wasn’t in Koeman’s plans.
Puig was reportedly not in Ronald Koeman’s plans but has been promoted to the first-team
Koeman left Puig out of the squad for the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Elche, but the prospect was on the bench for all three of Barcelona’s LaLiga games so far this season.
There had been suggestions that Koeman told Puig that he doesn’t fit the profile of what he wants from a Barcelona player.
However, Puig stressed that Koeman trusts him and will give him opportunities.
Puig is determined to play regularly for Barcelona so he can get into the Spain squad
He said: ‘A tough conversation? No, it wasn’t tough.
‘At no point has Koeman let me know that I would not have time. He trusts me and I think he will give me opportunities to show my potential and show that I can play for this great club.’
There is a lot of competition for places in the Barcelona midfield, but Puig will hope that he will receive many chances.
So far he has made 15 senior appearances for Barcelona, while he has been capped by Spain at Under-21 level.