The Barcelona He is hours away from announcing his next discharge for the 2021-22 season. It is not about Martin Braithwaite or Antoine Griezmann, but about a youth squad who has decided to leave the Barça team to add minutes and continue to grow in his career: Alex Collado. A few days ago, the 22-year-old midfielder made it clear that he would only continue to be a ‘Blaugrana’ player if he began to win more regularly with Ronald Koeman. However, the little participation he has had in the preseason marks his departure for Bruges in Belgium.
“I’m not going to play with the subsidiary. Either I stay in the first team or I will leave, but my priority is to fight to stay here, but nothing can be ruled out either“Collado said after Barcelona’s victory over Nastic, the first of the preseason. His warning was not heard on the bench.
Barcelona He renewed the 22-year-old until 2023, exercising a clause that required the club to use Collado in the first team. Hence the safety of the footballer. According to the newspaper ‘Sport’, it has been the midfielder himself who has moved the most in search of a club that gives him more minutes on the pitch.
Collado made his professional debut two years ago under Ernesto Valverde, but last season he didn’t play a single minute with Koeman. In Bruges, a club to which he is on loan for one season and without a purchase option, he hopes to gain more regularity and return in 2022 to fight for the position.
If he signed for Bruges, Collado would be Barcelona’s fifth casualty for 2021-22. The other players who are no longer part of the Blaugrana team are Jean-Clair Todibo (Nice), Juan Miranda (Betis), Francisco Trincao (Wolverhampton) and Matheus Fernandes (free).
It should be noted that Lionel Messi also stopped being a Barça player, although all the departures that are taking place aim to reduce the salary mass to renew the link with the Argentine star.
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