Barcelona star Riqui Puig rejects Real Betis


Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has reportedly turned down the opportunity to join La Liga rivals Real Betis as he hopes to relaunch his career at Camp Nou.

According to a report by El Nacional, Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has rejected the opportunity to switch to Real Betis in the current transfer window as he wants to fight for his place in Catalonia.

Puig has been with Barcelona for almost eight years now, joining the club La Masia Youth training dates back to 2014. Widely regarded as one of the academy’s brightest prospects in recent years, the 22-year-old has failed to live up to his potential at first-team level. at Camp Nou.

Since making his senior debut in late 2018, Puig has only appeared 50 times in all competitions, scoring one goal. The Spaniard was completely ignored by former manager Ronald Koeman, leading to speculation about his future with the Blaugrana during summer.

However, the 22-year-old, who continues to benefit from the faith of club president Joan Laporta, has remained at the club, although his fortunes have not improved even under new manager Xavi Hernandez. Indeed, Puig has only started one La Liga game this season and finds himself behind Pedri, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez and Frenkie de Jong in the pecking order.

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Therefore, Barcelona are believed to be ready to offload him from a loan deal to ensure the midfielder has regular playing time. There is no shortage of suitors for the 22-year-old or, with several La Liga clubs showing an interest. Real Betis have now become a potential loan destination for Puig in the January transfer window.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have already tried to sign the Barcelona midfielder but failed to succeed in their pursuit. And, according to the report, their efforts to disembark Puig may prove once again to be in vain. According to the report, the 22-year-old turned down the opportunity to join the Verdiblancos and does not plan to leave Camp Nou at this time.

A move to Real Betis could have turned out to be beneficial for the 22-year-old as he would have secured consistent minutes with a team playing in a style that would suit his abilities. In addition, he would also play in the UEFA Europa League with Pellegrini & co. However, it is claimed that Puig is confident he can convince manager Xavi Hernandez that he has a role to play in the current setup. So, a loan outflow in January can be considered ruled out, at least for now.


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