Riqui Puig has refused to give up on his dreams of making it at Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman has refused to give the youngster much chance despite his impressive cameos last term.
Under Ernesto Valverde, the teenager broke into the senior team and seemed to have made some headway into his senior career. Unfortunately, Koeman does not see the same talent in him as the fans do.
With just 95 minutes of playing time recorded prior to Friday’s Super Copa victory over Real Sociedad, it seemed like his future was done. But Puig delivered by scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout to take Barca to the finals.
“I have never lost my smile,” he said. “I’m a pretty happy kid. Even though I don’t play much, things are going well: I have my family, my health. I can’t complain about anything
“If Ronald gives me minutes I will be grateful and I will take advantage of it, and if not I will keep working.
“Throwing in the towel? I’d never do that. After so many years at the club, and the journey of reaching the first team, I am never going to throw in the towel.”