Barcelona B striker Abel Ruiz has been talking about his future while on international duty with the Spain Under-21 side.
The 19-year-old insists he wants to stay at the Camp Nou and make the breakthrough into the first team but also admits players must look elsewhere if they are not given opportunities to progress.
“It’s not that I didn’t want to stay. I have always said that my first choice is Barça but it’s true that if you want to keep growing and improving you have to look for what’s best for you.
”In this case, the decision was to stay in Segunda B and keep growing as a player and person while waiting for chances in the first team.
”I work day-to-day and take things step-by-step. I think the secret is to take things slowly. The opportunities will arrive and you have to be ready, which is what we are all trying in the academy.
”I have always said that I want to be at Barcelona and I want to grow as a player and person at this club because they’ve given me everything since day one.
”As long as they have confidence in me, I am going to have confidence in them but if in the end you don’t enjoy the type of opportunities you desire, you have to look elsewhere for those minutes and competitions.”
Source | Efe (via Sport)
Ruiz certainly hasn’t had many first-team opportunities recently. He made his first-team debut in May in the 2-0 win over Getafe at the Camp Nou but has not had any minutes since then.