After being told that he was surplus to requirements by new manager Ronald Koeman, Barcelona have registered midfielder Riqui Puig with their B team.
Sport reports that Puig will remain part of Ronald Koeman's squad and will be involved with the seniors 100 per cent of the time. Save any last-minute changes, he will wear the same shirt number as last season: 28.
The player will be involved with the first team and will have a number higher than 25, which is the cutoff point between the first team and the B team.
Puig began his Barça career in 2013 after signing from Jabac de Terrassa and made his Barça B debut in 2017-18 against Gimnàstic de Tarragona. His first-team debut arrived on Dec. 5, 2018, in a Copa del Rey win against Cultural.
He has however dropped down the pecking order in the first team with Koeman having a number of players in midfield despite shipping Ivan Rakitic to Sevilla.
❗ In his first month, Koeman has changed the system (4-2-3-1) and certain work habits and wanting to return a certain culture. He has been firm with Suárez and sincere with Riqui Puig. And he maintains the coach-player distance with Messi [as] pic.twitter.com/bIevqQs4Ak— FCBarcelonaFl 🏆 (@FCBarcelonaFl) September 23, 2020