In a recent meeting with Barcelona president Joan Laporta, head coach Ronald Koeman told the Barcelona chief that he loves Gavi and sees him ahead of Riqui Puig in the pecking order, RAC1’s reliable Gerard Romero reports.
This news might come as a surprise since there have been reports during the summer saying that Laporta insisted on Puig having a more prominent role in the 2021-22 season.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old, last term, played a measly 581 minutes across 24 matches, mostly coming on as a sub for the last minutes.
However, we have to point out that Puig started in both pre-season friendlies, playing 45 minutes vs Gimnastic and 60 minutes vs Girona. It was exactly Gavi who replaced him on the pitch.
Besides discussing Gavi and Puig, it’s also said that Koeman congratulated the club on the transfer of Yusuf Demir. The Dutchman has been pleasantly surprised by the Austrian.