Ronald Koeman has revealed he told youngster Riqui Puig to go out on loan.
Reports emerged yesterday that Koeman had told Puig that he is not counting on him. While, the Barcelona coach maintained it's not true that the 21-year-old is not part of his plans, he added that he told Puig, Pedri and Alena that it's difficult for them to play and there is a lot of competition.
"It's not true that [Riqui Puig] is not in our plans. I spoke to him yesterday. I speak to the young players - they have to play. They can't not be playing. Him, [Carles] Alena, Pedri... I've told them that it's difficult for them and there's lots of competition. Nothing more," Koeman said [via Marca] after Barcelona beat Elche in the Joan Gamber Trophy match.
"I've told [Riqui Puig] that he has a future here, but it depends on the player. I'd recommend that he went out on loan. At 20 years of age, the young players have to play. They can't get stuck for a period of time. We've got three weeks and we've got competition," concluded the Barcelona coach, as he suggested the players need to go out on loan.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have won all three friendly matches they have played since Koeman took charge, with the latest coming against Elche, as a second minute goal from Antoine Griezmann sealed the victory.