Yesterday that Barça had left Ilaix out of the first team in the preseason concentration because the young midfielder had rejected the renewal offer, for not complying with their demands. Ilaix would have asked for 3 million a year and Barça, which is in a difficult financial situation, would have offered less.
This has reached the ears of other clubs, such as Manchester United, which would have offered 20 million knowing that Barça could be forced to accept, since next year it would go free. Right now, it seems that the parties are willing to reach an agreement, although Barça is clear that Ilaix cannot charge more than players like Pedri or Araujo, who are even established in their national teams.
In my opinion, Barça has something to blame for the demands of its players. The Blaugrana team has spent years plundering players from all the quarries in Spain and part of the world, not only with the promise of reaching a good club, but also charging millionaire amounts for a subsidiary. This causes difficult expectations in the players to meet, especially in times of crisis like this, so Barça must change its policy and establish salary criteria in its quarry that are more adjusted to the reality of football.
On the other hand, Ilaix seems to have allowed himself to be contaminated by his environment, especially that of his representative. At the age of the player of Guinean origin, footballers should be more concerned with settling in the elite than with money, since the latter is linked to the former. It is true that the player promises to be a star, but it would not be the first or last case in which he stays at that. It would be very understandable the intention not to renew for Barça, if it were due to a lack of opportunities in the first team, but this is not the case. Barça has proven this season to be the ideal club for promising youngsters, even Ilaix himself has enjoyed many minutes in La Liga despite his precociousness. Football seems to have taken on dangerous dimensions, and all the organizations and the footballers themselves would do well to implant common sense again.
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