Barcelona: Ronald Koeman sends message to Riqui Puig

Ronald Koeman has appeared to send a message to Riqui Puig during his Barcelona press conference on Friday.

The future of the midfielder has featured prominently in Barcelona news due to his lack of playing time this season.

Back in September, Barcelona boss Koeman opened the door for the central midfielder leaving on a temporary basis this season as he is not in his plans, despite the exits of Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal, although Miralem Pjanic did arrive at the Camp Nou.

Ronald Koeman

Koeman told his press conference, in quotes carried by Diario Sport: “He [the club’s sporting director Ramon Planes] has already told the players that we do not predict will get much game-time that they would be better if they looked for another club.

“Without mentioning names, it would be better for some of them to go out and get minutes before returning. I have said since the summer: young players must play. They cannot spend a whole season not playing, that does not benefit anyone.”

Riqui Puig

The 21-year-old made three senior appearances for the Catalan giants in 2018/19 and is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents to come through their La Masia academy in years.

He made 12 appearances last season under Quique Setien but has fallen from prominence so far this campaign – playing just 79 minutes across five fleeting substitute appearances.

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73 Comments

  1. Dan Burcea says:

    The most sadistic message coming from a mediocre coach! Koeman proves once again that he is stubborn as an ox in his personal revenge on Puig! Now it is easier to understand Joaquín’s bitterness! This Dutchman, who is a
    real insult to Barcelona, must leave!

    1. Samuel Oludashe says:

      You just hit the nail on the head Koeman is a sadist, who throws a raw diamond because it’s not refined.. I hate people with so much pride and I have lost respect for him

      1. Aleeyu says:

        Puig is very good player

      2. Rodney Hewitt says:

        This is just stupid Piug is the best young talent at Barca and already one of the better players. He’s played better than Frenkie or Pjanic. Why sit Puig and play Busquets?

    2. Pete says:

      A Mediocre coach he. How many clubs did he win championships and or cups with. With Holland he became second in the Nations league beating France, Germany and England on the way with a team that was nowhere before he came. To understand what he is doing you have to understand the Cruyff philosophy on which the whole Barca succes was build but totally lost under the last 3 coaches. The selling or lendingvout of players was not his idea but because Barcelona was and is almost bankrupt. He Has to bring the budget down so older players with huge salaries had to go as young players that would not play. But he brought Pedri a new star, reformed the defence and hopefully get them to score more out of the numerous changes they create. Koeman should finish his work by reforming Barca back to the succes formula against good and healthy financial background. Not an easy task to perform.

      1. endre csizmazia says:

        Yehhh He let Suares go for free..now He is looking for #9….The defense is a Chaos…Puig one of the best midfielders…He prooved against Juventus…He is a selfis…F…ki think POuig waiting ..K.oeman goes pretty soon…

        1. Henry says:

          It was management dat let Suarez go not him,and in your twisted mind who do you think is available to do a better job?You?

      2. Ts says:

        He did not bring Pedri. He was signed before him. National team football is not the same as club football. In the national team you work with the players you have. He has no successful track record at club level and its obvious why, he has no man management skills

      3. jakepr says:

        No one is denying that Koeman has a tough job on his hands, rebuilding a club in such a precarious financial position isn’t be easy for anyone. However, he doesn’t have a track record of instilling the ‘Cruyff philosophy’ you talk about, so why would he now? He doesn’t stay at clubs for a long time, has a history of alienating players, thus causing some unrest behind the scenes with players (see his time at Valencia, possibly something the Barca fans understood when he was brought back as head coach). He has no history of rebuilding teams, so it’s questionable that he’s the right man for this job.

        1. Ramses says:

          That he has no history at all of rebuilding teams is not true… He brought back Feyenoord Rotterdam in the top during a time Feyenoord had financial difficulties and was on a all time low… Besides that he also brought back the Dutch national team in the picture.

          1. jakepr says:

            So 1 club out of then ten he’s managed?
            Fair enough with the Dutch national team, but as with any international team, the available pool of players can change every few years, so it’s not really relevant next to a club job. For example, look at the current crop of Belgium players, they had a number of barren years as a nation.

      4. Evelove says:

        You wrote nonsense dude!
        You sound like a Madrid fan, who does not want progress for his rival, Puig is a bright start who wants to give his very best for the team, q kid from our academic!. Koeman is just a very bad Coach who can’t not see greatness in the poor kid. Who ever say Barcelona need more players should compare out players with other team own, what we need is a good coach, not koeman. just like he did with suares…
        Messi is the only thing keeping me in this beautiful club govn.. by useless bord. Bring xavi send koaman back to hell.😠

        1. Henry says:

          What is all the hullabaloo about?Did Koeman ever say he was selling Puig.You are all just haters, he also knows Puig is good but he can’t start in the Barcelona team even if it wasn’t Koeman as manager.But in other teams he can get more playing time.Tell me which good coach will come to Barcelona now given its financial problems and disorganization??Klopp,Guardiola,Flick,??who??

    3. Ade isaac says:

      Yes

    4. Daine says:

      I don’t get it. He has a balanced squad instead of playing Worstquets, and when playing lesser teams he can play fringe players because he’s not rotating the squad.

    5. Bolaji Olagbeji says:

      This Koeman don’t suppose to manage a big club like Fc Barcelona. Let him go please. He is too RIGID

    6. Sadeeq Rabo A says:

      💯% right, my brother.

    7. Anthony Mokwena says:

      I can’t agree with you more

  2. Aminu Mustapha badamasi says:

    F**k coach is another rubbish talked you must leave

  3. Dean Dinev says:

    Kidman was a good player, but this doesn’t mean that he is a good coach. I hope he will leave soon. To be stubborn is one thing, but to be stupid is totally different. Sixth month already he is trying to find the place for some of the players and no result. Time to leave. This club is not for you. You are not a player anymore….

  4. Amy Truths says:

    The Koeman is just a f**k

  5. Berko says:

    Ik heb nooit iemand gezien als koeman koppig en respectloos en hij weet het ook dat puiq beter dan bosquet en pijanic is maar hij wel hem niet opstellen en barcelona moet actie nemen en hem snel ontslaggen anders gaat het niet goed afgelopen met puig

  6. Stane says:

    Koeman has to leave, I agree 100%. Puig is being wronged because he is very talented and Barcelona has to use him and keep him in the first team.

  7. Banda Mwinga says:

    Let this Rat called Koemane should leave Barca he is upto destroy Barca instead of building it

  8. Edufka says:

    Estoy completamente de acuerdo el hombre no sirve para nada

  9. David says:

    Yes. Stupid coach

  10. Lasana sekou swaray says:

    Riqui puig and Tirencao need to star all game as we no.

  11. samuel says:

    better puig plays under bielsa cause koeman has always one person in each club he has managed ,jaoquin at sevilla niasse at everton and now puig who deserves a chance in this rebuild process instead of busquets and i sense favoritsm in him playing pedri in 17+ games while puig 4 minutes

    1. Sanusee says:

      What stupid coach? You are driving Barca to the wrong path
      Keep busquet for bench and use pijanic and puig
      You and busquet are the major problems of barca

    2. Walezy says:

      You and the stupid man called himself a coach.so you people actually want this talented guy to go out .and mean while among all ur midfielders who is better than this guy presently. U want to use ur hatred attitude to chase the future of the club away .u people are so stupid for this actions u want to take.if Puig should go then what is people like busqet and pjnaic still doing in the club now .at least this are the people u should show the exit door not the young bloods that want to give all is best for the club. Is better u rather get sacked than this young talented player’s to go .idiot man I hate u with passion. Ever since you have arrived u have not add anything to the club .

  12. Isah musa says:

    I don’t know why some people are backing this insane coach, barca should sack him.

  13. MrUndrCvr says:

    If u can not stop this idiotic Koeman from destroying Barca, thats means u are no different to Barto administration. Call the bastard into order. Piug has to play.

  14. Ahmad says:

    If u can not stop this idiotic Koeman from destroying Barca, thats means u are no different to Barto administration. Call the bastard into order. Piug has to play.

  15. Rahim Mohammed says:

    This Koeman is the west coach ever seen at Barca. This is the time for him to leave

  16. Macarl says:

    It’s easier said than done. None of you can do better. Can you give Koemane a peace of mind to work with?

  17. Jboy says:

    You should pls allow rique pique to play because he had loves for d club and it’s the kind of player that has to be given Chance

  18. J says:

    I really think Puig should stay and Koeman should go.I’m pretty sure Cruyff would agree.

    1. Khulubuse says:

      If building a team u need young talent not just go for older players who already at their pick, risque is a germ for Barca alongside pedro. Koenman should not let the player go then go for a 28th old player who have two seasons ahead of him. Koenman don’t make us fans hate u coz of your ego

  19. Edwin Chakadini says:

    Clueless koeman

  20. Emmanuel says:

    This coach cares about only his happiness not that of the club nor the fans..
    it’s not proper for him bringing his offield problems with puig into the pitch..puig have alot to offer..so koeman must use him or he should leave.

  21. Abdulhakim ibrahim says:

    A la masian academy does’nt deserve this, he grew there and he has intention to life there to give his on contribution to the team

  22. Jamilu Suleiman Sabo says:

    Only time will tell if he is doing the right thing or not

  23. Ajeje says:

    if small as Everton can sack Koeman, what is it still doning in Barcelona?

  24. Seehle says:

    Koeman is trash, no other way to describe him. His personal vendettas are hurting Barca. If Pedri were to get injured, he would rather shift around his kids De Jong, Griezmann and Busquets than put on a natural like-for-like replacement in Puig. He talks big after a single win, then goes to lose 3 games without any plan, I hope whoever wins the elections gets rid of this clown asap.

  25. Andrewjr says:

    Riqui puig is better than De jong fuck you coach you are not qualified to be a coach

  26. Charlie says:

    Koeman is not making things better at all how can you sideline such talent for your selfish desires,The presidential elections should come so he can leave we want talents like puig on the pitch to help Leo do magic not those that the coach see as favorite

  27. Ibrahim says:

    You must leave Barcelona choch

  28. Yakubu suleman says:

    Koeman is trying his best to see that the has revive but becus things are not easy that’s why, and I a little advice my advice is they supost to bring those 3 players Garcia,Dpay and wijnaldum
    I wish Barcelona to be successful for all the terms

  29. Yahaya Alhassan Edati Tswanku says:

    why koema is so harbless why can’t u use the puig or his then guy offended u and why u always using busquest instend of puig koema i think it’s time for u to leave us, u are not building the team u are destroy the team

  30. J. F. Wolobah says:

    Hope Barça recovery will be speedly done. Apparently the paring of players has become a tedious task now a day. Sad!

  31. Evelove says:

    You wrote nonsense dude!
    You sound like a Madrid fan, who does not want progress for his rival, Puig is a bright start who wants to give his very best for the team, q kid from our academic!. Koeman is just a very bad Coach who can’t not see greatness in the poor kid. Who ever say Barcelona need more players should compare out players with other team own, what we need is a good coach, not koeman. just like he did with suares…
    Messi is the only thing keeping me in this beautiful club govn.. by useless bord. Bring xavi send koaman back to hell.😠

  32. Golden says:

    I’m one of those who want to get rid of Ronald Koeman, there’s no time for hating players , what improvement can old players like Busquet and Pijanic if they are passed they time? We need Roque Puig given fair chance to proved himself .

  33. Bolaji Olagbeji says:

    This Koeman don’t suppose to manage a big club like Fc Barcelona. Let him go please. He is too RIGID & stupid to have concluded not to use such a talented Ruig Puig.

  34. Golden says:

    The current Barza youngsters are very talented, Alena must stay they just need to have given more time to play, if they were trusted to play since Koeman arrived by now Barcelona should have wining more game and young players should have been full of confidence by now

  35. Oheen says:

    I disagree with koman .I think Puig is very good than pedri.one may even Wonder if koman is blind when he see Puig playing.am playing that both De Jong and pedri will be injury he will see the real Puig we are talking about.stopid coach!!!!!!!???

  36. Golden says:

    The current Barza youngsters are very talented, Alena must stay, they just need to have given more time to play, if they were trusted to play since Koeman arrived, by now Barcelona should have a wining more games and young players should have been full of confidence by now

  37. Ramses says:

    That he has no history at all of rebuilding teams is not true… He brought back Feyenoord Rotterdam in the top during a time Feyenoord had financial difficulties and was on a all time low… Besides that he also brought back the Dutch national team in the picture.

  38. Yazid lawan barde says:

    I don’t know the reason where barcelona team get that robbish couch,because he don’t deserved to be a Barcelona couch,the ways he predice,and selected his player difference position how can player do…

  39. Ben says:

    Is using tribalism. He want to sign 3 of his country men. I wonder why he keep putting rigui pigue out of his plans

  40. رئيس الصبيان says:

    No That’s Impossible to leave our Riqui Puig about you Ronald Koeman we want him more than you

  41. Sayo Ero says:

    Hiring Korman is one of Barca’s numerous failure in recent times – what is his track record of success at his age?

    I have watched Puig played & I don’t understand how Pjanic is ahead of him by any stretch of imagination.

    Everyone is hiding under Barca’s financial state to flex their ineptitude.

    As it is, Barca has strong enough squad to dominate on all fronts. Are Bayern players better? But flick hit the ground running.

    Koeman should shape up or ship out!

  42. Olly says:

    Imagine Puig and Pedri on the same pitch.. #Magic!

  43. Progress says:

    This stupid Barcelona coach is a cow. Pigui is a very good player. Instead him to leave the club you idiot coach will leave. Animal!

  44. Abdullahi Hamman adama Tukur says:

    Koaman is not good coach that will hand Barcelona to success,let him go

  45. Jonathan says:

    Instead of Puig left the club koeman should leave, Puig is better Busquets, i’m not happy to koeman, he should give at least some game in one season

  46. Trevor says:

    Koeman should put his pride aside and let the player stay . puig is barca future . koeman is gonna regret letting him go jus as he did with other player

  47. Abdulmajid ilyasu abubakar says:

    Puig is an good talented player when his playing like kavien through the encourage.

  48. Emmanuel says:

    What a shame; Puig Barca would regret they sold you out.. am a Barca fan. How come our coaches this days are not creative 🤣🙄 can’t see opportunity in New chap.. wonder if it was Messi this one man would never give him a chance..

  49. Habtamu Wuletaw Mengiste says:

    I don’ t understand?why he wants wjinaldum while he has puigh.
    He just need only world class no 9.
    When ansu rocovers he would have natural winger and he should change formation 433.that is all he needs to do.just send both griezzy and coutinho and bring Halland.

  50. Dee Agobe says:

    Mumu stupid coach , bench busquet put puig . he sabi more than u sef

  51. Abubeker Omer says:

    You don’t leave the kids b/c they are the future of Barcelona.

  52. Nicholasmromba says:

    Puig is the best midfielder in Barcelona team

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