With each passing day, Ilaix Moriba‘s future looks further away from Barcelona and never more so than after Joan Laporta gave an update on talks on Monday evening. The teenager is showing little flexibility in contract renewal talks with Barcelona and the club have grown fed up of the lack of progress.
If Ilaix wasn’t yet clear on the club’s stance, even after being left out of the Barcelona pre-season squad and only being permitted to train with Barcelona B, he surely must be aware now.
In the case that he does not sign a new contract, he will leave this summer. Laporta has reiterated that he will not be allowed to depart on a free transfer in the summer of 2022.
“We’ll try for this case not to repeat itself,” Laporta said, speaking at the Camp Nou for the presentation of Emerson.
“He has a year left and doesn’t want to renew. It’s a situation we don’t accept and we have to act.
“He’s a great player and, if he doesn’t renew, he knows he will have other solutions. We don’t want players, who we’ve made here at home, who don’t want to renew with a year left.
“He’s been given opportunities, but the club is above all and they can’t make this kind of move on us. I hope the situation can be recovered.
“I feel bad that he doesn’t recognise what we’ve done for him. We won’t let him leave for free.
“Whoever wants to leave is free to do so, but with some conditions. Unfortunately, that’s how it is.”
Ilaix made the step up to the first team last season, making 18 appearances under Ronald Koeman. The coach hoped to have the midfielder in his squad, but understands the club’s position.