Barcelona trigger clause to extend Riqui Puig’s contract, Romano reports

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has come in with some news that will serve as music to most Barcelona fans’ ears. The Italian journalist has confirmed that the club have officially triggered the clause to extend midfielder Riqui Puig’s contract till 2023.

He also states that Barcelona already rejected two advances for a loan deal back in January since Puig has made it abundantly clear that he wants to stay and succeed at his boyhood club. His current contract is in effect till 2022, but with the option to extend now active, his deal will run on through till the summer of 2023.

Riqui Puig has not had a great season at Barcelona, for reasons far beyond his control. Ever since Ronald Koeman’s appointment, the coach has clearly had issues with the youngster behind the scenes, which has almost entirely left him out of the first team dynamics.

Despite only having game time very sporadically, Puig is determined to stay with the Blaugrana and fight for a place. Recent reports also suggested that president Joan Laporta has been left puzzled and unhappy with Koeman’s management of the 21-year old.

Puig’s teenage counterpart Ilaix Moriba has gotten the nod several times ahead of the Spaniard, but with the pressure on Ronald Koeman mounting increasingly by the day, there may be brighter days ahead for the diminutive Riqui.

Romano also states that Puig will have a discussion with Laporta regarding his place and role at the club once there is more clarity on who will be in charge of the Barcelona dugout next season. The president seems to be a fan of the midfielder and believes he is a key cog in the first team for years to come.

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