Cornell – Barcelona | Copa del Rey They do not disagree with the first team
The presence of Ilaix Moriba in the Cornell Municipal was great news for those responsible for La Masa. Retaining the Guinean, who joined the Barça club in 2010, was one of the biggest soap operas in 2019. Juventus and, above all, Manchester City tested the player’s environment with proposals that seemed unattainable for Bara. At times, the boy was considered lost.
El Bara, in April 2019, presented an offer, his environment sent a counter offer and an agreement was reached. A disbursement never seen in La Masa was made, paying a commission of 2.5 million euros that Jonathan Barnett, agent of Ilaix and Gareth Bale, got, among others. El Bara, at that time, described the agreement as a ‘maximum exceptionality’ by breaking its rules of not paying commission for renewals of footballers of the subsidiary. But with Ilaix Moriba, everything is different.
Comparisons with Paul Pogba are the order of the day. The boy has a plant. It has physical power. On January 19 he became of legal age and with his 1.85 meters he was the great novelty at Cornell for the FC Barcelona cup game. He had a presence, he fought and he tried. Perhaps his debut was gray, but Koeman’s team was cloudy in general and could only go through the playoffs with a shoe from Dembl two minutes into overtime.
Ilaix Moriba is a regular in training with the first team. I will have time to shine with the elders, because it is a bit the loose verse of La Masa. He has technique, yes, but he shines because of his powerful physique. Of course, in Cornell Municipal they do not disagree and Koeman did not hesitate to take Riqui Puig off the pitch before. Now, it is in the hands of the technical body to continue giving continuity, at least in the training sessions, to a boy for whom Bara bet everything.