Spanish website CCMA have claimed that Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig turned down a move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, for two separate reasons – one being that he felt the Premier League would not suit his style of play.
Puig, 20, is still contracted to Barcelona until the summer of 2021 but the Spain youth international has managed just three senior appearances for Ernesto Valverde’s side – only two of which came during the 2018-19 campaign.
This season, he has failed to even make the bench for Barcelona. His lack of game time has seen him linked with a move away from Barcelona, with his reputation as one of Spain’s best, young holding midfielders still intact.
However, despite his lack of game time and the signing of Frenkie de Jong in the summer, Puig chose to reject Spurs as he felt the Premier League would not suit his style of play. He was also concerned that he would struggle for game time at Spurs.
TBR’s view – Puig needs to leave Barca, but he made right choice
He made the right choice not to join Tottenham, and that is because Spurds have an abundance of central midfielders and his lack of game time would be mirrored in north London.
The signing of Tanguy Ndombele is combined with Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier, Giovani Lo Celso, Victor Wanyama and Oliver Skipp. Puig would certainly struggle for game time.
The Spaniard does need to leave Barcelona, but his best bet would be to join a La Liga side on loan in January.