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Ronald Koeman blasts Barcelona ace as ‘leaker’ in front of entire dressing room in fierce clash

According to El Pais, there was controversy prior to Barcelona’s Joan Gamper trophy pre-season match against Elche, with Ronald Koeman putting promising midfielder Riqui Puig on blast.

Koeman, who had asked the midfielder to seek a loan exit this summer, left Puig in the stands during the official presentation of the team, claiming that the 21-year-old was a ‘leaker’.

El Pais report that Koeman singled out Puig for apparently being a ‘leak’ in front of the entire dressing room, with some of the group in support of the Dutchman’s decision and some not.

Koeman confirmed that Puig also wished to leave this summer a couple of months ago, adding that the ace would receive ‘opportunities to play’ – he’s featured as a substitute four times this season.

Puig’s action has amounted to a total of 77 minutes, with the creative midfielder’s longest outing being 25 minutes so far this season.

Barcelona are in a difficult situation after a mass exodus this summer sparked by their embarrassing end to the season and dire financial troubles, the last thing they need is a rift between player and manager.

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