Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman gave his opinion on the controversy surrounding young Ilaix Moriba on Friday.
Rumors centering on the plans of the highly regarded midfielder Moriba have come to light in a major way of late.
The 18-year-old, long regarded as one of the Camp Nou’s most promising emerging talents, is a product of the club’s famed La Masia academy.
Moriba exploded in the first team image last season, adding some much-needed cutting edge to Ronald Koeman’s ranks in the middle of the park during the second half of the season.
After receiving his senior bow in a La Liga encounter with Alavés in February, the midfield all-rounder quickly scored an assist, paving the way for another 16 appearances over the course of filming.
Meanwhile, his first goal for the Blaugrana, against Osasuna in early March, highlighted a number of Moriba’s impressive attacking traits:
Oh my word… brilliant from Ilaix Moriba! 😱
What a way for the 18-year-old to get his first goal with Barcelona 🔥 pic.twitter.com/S6t4JyilwE
– Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) March 6, 2021
‘The situation is horrible’
In turn, it is safe to say that the recent reports circulating in the media, pointing towards a possible departure from the Camp Nou for Moriba, have come as a concern for all Barcelona associates.
Such uncertainty comes from the adolescent’s contractual situation. Moriba has so far suppressed Barça’s insistent renewal efforts, and the club has responded Excluding his young talent and gifted with all the activities of the first team.
And, as previously noted, on Friday, a new perspective on the situation has been provided by none other than the Blaugrana boss.
Speaking during a press conference prior to his team’s meeting with Athletic Bilbao this weekend, the expectant media asked Ronald Koeman for an update on Moriba.
And the Dutchman went on to reveal that, several weeks ago, he sat down for a face-to-face with his young midfielder.
During the discussion, in which Koeman spoke more ‘as a person than as a coach’, the Barça coach advised Moriba to reconsider his position, amid the suggestion that the teenager has his wrong priorities as things are:
Koeman, on Moriba: “I spoke with him 2-3 weeks ago, more as a person than as a coach. The situation is dire. I know, from the club, what Barça wants to offer this player. My advice is that money is not the most important thing, but playing games … ”Below. #Transfers 🇪🇸
– Reshad Rahman (@ReshadRahman_) August 20, 2021
Meanwhile, quickly following Koeman’s comments has been the confirmation that a European club has made the first contacts with the Camp Nou management for the signing of Moriba.
The outfit in question? RB Leipzig.
According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, the Bundesliga heavyweights have made it clear to Barça that they intend to sign Moriba in the coming weeks, with a proposal for the Spanish seemingly imminent:
💥 #NoticiaMD First contacts RB Leipzig-Barça by Ilaix Moriba
❗️ They have made known to the Barça club their intention to sign the midfielder this summer
⏳ At the Camp Nou they wait for the formal offer to start negotiating
– Sports World (@mundodeportivo) August 20, 2021
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