It has been a busy summer so far for Barcelona.
Not only are there economic difficulties surrounding Barcelona, but there is also conflict between some of the club’s younger players and their differences of opinion with the club regarding economic and sporting aspirations.
“I won’t return to Barcelona B. If I stay, it will be with the first team,” said Alex Collado after Barcelona‘s friendly against Nastic de Tarragona.
Ronald Koeman relies on his academy players, as he demonstrated last season and in pre-season this year, but there isn’t enough space for everyone, nor are the club willing to give in to some of their economic demands.
Alejandro Balde and Ilaix Moriba are two clear examples of this, with the left-back signing a contract with the club until 2024.
Tension with Ilaix
However, there is still tension between Barcelona and Ilaix, as both parties are yet to come to an agreement.
Ilaix didn’t even play a part in the B team’s friendly against L’Escala last Friday as, although he was injured, the club didn’t want him to participate.
There have been offers from other clubs, especially in England, but Barcelona remain hopeful that he will sign a contract extension at the Camp Nou.
Konrad de la Fuente, meanwhile, has moved to Marseille in the pursuit of more regular first-team football.