With FC Barcelona in a contract stand-off with prized youngster Ilaix Moriba, club president Joan Laporta has now issued a scathing warning to the player.
Barca's current financial struggles are no secret, with the club understood to be in a desperate economic situation that requires them to do shrewd business in this transfer window – whether it be to sell some of their higher-earning players or to tie other Blaugrana stars down to new contracts.
According to the Daily Express, Moriba is down to the last 12 months of his deal at the Camp Nou, but he has reportedly rejected an offer of renewal from the club.
Barcelona and the 18-year-old's camp are at loggerheads over the terms of his proposed new deal, with the player's representatives wanting at least €3 million (R51 million) net per year for their client, while the club are sticking to €2 million (R34 million) with the chance to progressively earn more, per Sport.
This has left Blaugrana chief Laporta very frustrated, so much so that he has angrily insisted that the player can leave the club if he wants to.
"That's a case that shouldn't happen again. It's a situation that we cannot accept, and we have to send a message about our policy regarding the youth academy," the Barcelona president said, according to AS.
"If he [Moriba] doesn't want to renew, he knows that there are other solutions open to him.
"We don't want players who we have educated and brought through our youth system to turn around in their final year and say that they don't want to renew.
"He is a great player but I don't like what is happening. Hopefully, it can be resolved and we can reach an agreement, but we won't accept a situation where he doesn't realise what we have done for him.
"Whoever wants to leave is free to do so. Unfortunately, that's the way it is."
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