Barcelona’s club hierarchy have reportedly frozen Munir El Haddadi out of the team following reports emerging that the youngster has has rebuffed a contract offer from the club and has agreed a deal with fellow La Liga side Sevilla.
The 23-year-old was recalled from a loan spell at Alaves in the summer in order to provide backup for main target man Luis Suarez, however the La Masia product has been used sparingly this season by manager Ernesto Valverde, making just 11 appearances for the club during which he has scored two goals.
🎙[@Benayadachraf]| Munir’s Agent breaks the silence.
🔊 Munir’s Agent: “Valverde informed Munir before the clash against Celta Vigo, That he will not rely on him after refusing to renew his contract.”
🔊 “Munir was disappointed but he is committed to the club until 30th June.” pic.twitter.com/JJGlaADr68
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) January 8, 2019
This lack of gametime is seen as the primary reason for rebuffing a new contract from the Catalan giants, with his move reportedly angering Valverde who wants to use players who are committed to the cause, rather than have a player who does not see his future at the club.
Munir has not been called up to the squad ever since his meeting with officials from Sevilla, with it looking likely that he will move in the summer. The 23-year-old who joined the La Masia academy in 2011, made his senior debut in 2014 but since then has made only 56 appearances for them.
He was loaned out by the club to Valencia and Alaves over the past two seasons where he impressed in spurts, netting a combined 21 goals in 73 games for them.