Barcelona midfielder Álex Collado has been allowed to leave the club’s training camp in Germany to sort out his future, it was announced on Sunday. And according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Collado himself has chosen to join Belgian champions Club Brugge on a season-long loan deal.
Álex Collado is leaving the team's training camp, with permission from the Club, pending a resolution over his future. pic.twitter.com/as6DTe6x72— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 1, 2021
Collado was surprisingly left out of Saturday’s friendly against Stuttgart and was given zero minutes by Ronald Koeman, but now it seems more clear that a decision on his future had already been made before the game.
The 22-year-old wants first team minutes and will have a better opportunity to do so with the top team in Belgium, but the report says he wants to return to Barça and earn his spot next season. Collado was hoping for a chance with the Barça seniors in this preseason but quickly saw his minutes go to new signing Yusuf Demir.
Collado finished last season with 8 goals and 3 assists as the captain of Barça B, and has been viewed as a future first team star. He still wants to come back and fulfill that promise, but he’ll try and get some experience elsewhere first.