The youngster was left out of the team to play against Elche in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Saturday, with reports that Koeman asked him to look for a new team.

Ronald Koeman recommends Riqui Puig to go out on loan

Ronald Koeman explained his position regarding the future of Riqui Puig at Barcelona. The youngster was left out of the team to play against Elche in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Saturday, with reports that Koeman asked him to look for a new team. “It’s not correct that Riqui Puig is not in our plans,” Koeman said after playing at the Camp Nou. “I spoke to him yesterday. I’m talking to young players – they have to play. He, Carles Alena, Pedri, I told them it’s difficult for them, and there was a lot of competition. Nothing more. “I told Riqui Puig that he has a future here, but it depends on the player. I would recommend that Puig went out on loan. At 20, the young footballers need to play. They cannot get stuck for a while.”

“We have got three weeks, and we have got a game. During Saturday’s match, Philippe Coutinho made a good impact on both those watching from home and his coach. Let’s hope we can see a great type of him this season,” Koeman said of the Brazilian. “For me, he is a great player. He works well physically and with the ball. He’s an important player for the team.” Ansu Fati started on the left-wing against Elche, and Koeman had some tips for him to improve. “He’s a great player,” added the Dutchman. “I think he had more chances today. He needs to concentrate more.”