Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has told unwanted players such as Oscar Mingueza, Riqui Puig and Samuel Umtiti that there is no need to appear in pre-season which will begin on Monday, April 4. Seven.
The majority of the main squad will arrive for medical checks before starting training before the start of the 2022-23 campaign. However, Barcelona will not have a host of international players who have been given an extra week off due to their Nations League performance in June.
Mingueza, Puig and Umtiti could also be missing after being told by the Barcelona boss that they are not required to be present but instead they may have an extra week to try and find new clubs, like Mundo Deportivo news.
Xavi has told all three players to seek a departure this summer as he will not be able to let them play in the first team in 2022-23. The trio are expected to pose no problems and know their time at the club is up.
Denmark international Martin Braithwaite will also be given the same message but will not return to the club until July 11. The striker is not part of Xavi’s plans but has made it clear he is not thinking about leaving. departure.
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Riqui Puig to Lazio?
Midfielder Riqui Puig appears to have been a transfer target for Serie A side Lazio, as reported by Diario Sport. La Liga rivals Valencia “have asked” about Puig but will likely find it difficult to sign a contract due to financial reasons.
New Valencia coach Gennaro Gattuso has made it clear how much he admires Puig. Gattuso spoke about the youngster back in 2018 and was full of praise for the midfielder, as reported by ESPN.
“Riqui is spectacular. Although they [Barca] There are players who look like children, the way they handle the ball amazes me. That is the beauty of football. It’s like poetry,” he said. “I heard about him a while ago, and about some of the other kids at the club. It’s the kind of thing that you can’t really copy and paste. That’s something that takes years to do. That’s how they feel the game. So it’s a beautiful thing, but it’s a very difficult thing for others to copy. They don’t play according to a tactical pattern, which is a more common idea. Needless to say, I am very jealous of Barca’s school.”
However, Lazio now looks to be a more realistic destination, especially as the Italian club are looking for an attacking midfielder. However, any deal will depend on whether Puig is willing to move to a new league and a new country.
Ansu Fati worked hard
One player who has returned to hard work ahead of the new season is teenage striker Ansu Fati. The attacker has endured another injury-disrupted campaign in 2021-22, making just 12 appearances in all competitions.
There have been concerns that Fati’s physical condition remains an issue as the youngster opted for conservative treatment over surgery for his most recent hamstring injury.
However, Fati is sure to be in impressive form before the start of pre-season.
Barcelona will be praying that Fati can finally deal with his injury problems and make regular appearances in the new campaign. There is no doubt about the teenager’s talent, but question marks remain about his long-term fitness.
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