After missing the first friendly with the first team, the debut of B is also lost
Alejandro Balde and Ilaix Moriba, two of the pearls of the Barça quarry, They are two faces of the same coin. While the left-back has renewed, after lowering his salary claims, the midfielder still does not train under Ronald Koeman. Not only that but, after being left out of the first friendly against Nàstic (in which Balde made his debut with the first team), he will not play the second against Girona (on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., BarçaTV) nor has he been called up to play the first preseason game of the subsidiary.
The Ilaix case is a warning for sailors, a symbol of the new policy that the club wants to carry with the homegrown players: once they appear at the first team they will have to renew if they want to have continuity.
Ilaix was one of the young people to whom Koeman gave the alternative last year: he played 18 matches with the first team, passing in front of Pjanic and Riqui Puig in the rotations of the Barça coach. But its progression has been cut short by problems with its renovation. The 18-year-old player, who ends his contract next year, has not yet extended his contract. And given the growing rumors about the interest of Madrid and Premier teams in taking over their services, Barça has decided to give him a pulse: either renew or not play again. Not only with the first team but also with the subsidiary.
Collado will not play with the B either
Nor has he been under the orders of Sergi Barjuan this Friday in L’Escala nor will he be at Koeman’s on Saturday against Girona in the Barcelona sports city. His case is not the only fire that the club has with the youth players. Alex Collado, captain of the reserve team, already made it clear after playing against Nàstic with the first team that he did not think to play with B. “I will work to the maximum to have minutes in the first team. I am happy and content. I will not return to Barça B, although I will work to stay here. ”If he cannot convince Koeman, the club would find a way out for him, as it has already done with Konrad de la Fuente, who has gone to Olympique de Marseille for 3 million euros.
Premiere of Depay
At the moment Collado, author of the second goal against Nàstic, will have this Saturday a new opportunity to vindicate himself against Girona. A meeting that will mark the debut of Memphis Depay as a Barça player. The Dutch striker, presented on Thursday at the Camp Nou, will have his first minutes under the command of his former coach.
Koeman will also be able to count on this second friendly with his compatriot Frenkie De Jong and with the french Clément Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann. The French striker, the great protagonist of the Barça souk, continues in the entity despite the fact that Joan Laporta acknowledged that they are open to hear offers for him.
In addition to the French and Dutch internationals, the Barcelona coach will also be able to have this afternoon at the Johan Cruyff stadium in Nico Gonzalez. The midfielder, another of the players with the most projection of the quarry, missed the match against Nàstic due to a gastric illness. Like Balde, and unlike Ilaix, Nico renewed until 2024. Son of Fran González, the legendary former Deportivo player, owner of a left-handed as precise as it is elegant, at 19 years of age he has a first-team player clause: 500 million .
It began as an interior, although, little by little, it has found its most natural territory in the center of the field. After making his debut with the subsidiary at only 17 years old, at the hands of García Pimienta, now at 19 he already senses that he is getting closer to the Camp Nou. A lawn from which Ilaix seems more distant every day.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.