Barcelona chief provides concerning update on Chelsea-linked Ilaix Moriba: ‘Club comes first’
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has, on Monday, provided a less than encouraging update on the future of youngster Ilaix Moriba.
Rumours surrounding the plans of highly-regarded midfielder Moriba have come to the fore in a major way of late.
The 18-year-old, long viewed as one of the most promising up and coming talents at the Camp Nou, is a product of the club’s famed La Masia academy.
Moriba exploded onto the first-team picture last season, adding some much-needed cutting edge to Ronald Koeman’s ranks in the middle of the park over the 2nd-half of the campaign.
After being handed his senior bow in a La Liga meeting with Alaves back in February, the midfield all-rounder quickly notched an assist, paving the way for a further 16 appearances over the course of the run-in.
His first-ever goal for the Blaugrana, versus Osasuna early in March, meanwhile, 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 for Barcelona 🔥 pic.twitter.com/S6t4JyilwE
— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) March 6, 2021
‘Send a message’
In turn, it is safe to say that recent reports doing the rounds in the media, pointing towards a potential Camp Nou exit for Moriba, have come as a concern for all associated with Barcelona.
Such uncertainty stems from the teen’s contract situation. Moriba has thus far knocked back Barca’s insistent renewal efforts, with the club having responded by excluding their gifted young talent from all first-team activities.
And, as outlined above, on Monday, a fresh update on the situation has been forthcoming.
The news, however, is unlikely to inspire much confidence on the part of the Blaugrana faithful.
Speaking to the media a short time ago, Barca president Joan Laporta was asked for an update on the club’s negotiations with Moriba, and specifically whether any kind of breakthrough has yet been made.
The Spaniard, however, cast fresh doubt over the 18-year-old, in explaining:
‘He has a year on his deal and does not want to renew with the conditions offered by the club. So we have to send a message. He is a great player but if he doesn’t renew there are other solutions. I feel bad but the club comes first.’
Laporta went on to assure that the La Liga giants remain hopeful of a deal ultimately being struck, albeit only before concluding that ‘whoever wants to leave is free to do so’:
Laporta continues: I ask him to reconsider and come to an agreement. I don’t understand why he doesn’t recognise what Barca have done for him. Whoever wants to leave is free to do so. With certain conditions, of course
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 2, 2021
Elsewhere, meanwhile, it has been suggested that the Barcelona board are wary of interest in Moriba stemming from the Premier League, amid reports that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City are keen on the teen’s signature.
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