A lot of Fabian talks!
One of the main reasons why Real Betis might make a return to European football next season is their youth academy product Fabián Ruiz. After returning from loan at Elche, he has broke into the first-team under Quique Setién and made an impact.
In this era where football is dominated by monetary power, it is surprising to find a youth talent breaking into the first-team and making an instant impression, and become one of the leading figures on the pitch.
Barcelona have taken notice of his development, and monitoring his progress under Setién. The club scouts believe that he can be a potential successor to Andrés Iniesta, who is set to leave for China at the end of the season.
Of course, the 22-year doesn’t have the ability to create the same storm at Barcelona as he did at the Benito Villamarín. He will need to be an understudy to Philippe Coutinho, but he can develop into a world-class player in the coming seasons.
But Real Betis are unlikely to let him go easily. Recently, the playmaker signed a 5-year contract in Betis, and he will have a chance to play in the Europa League regularly next season. Both the club and the player will be hard to convince in this case.
But Barça representatives have their work cut out trying to convince Fabián Ruiz to move to Barcelona. He has been at Real Betis his entire career, and is basically living the dream at his boyhood club.The club’s hands are fettered if a club is ready to splash the cash on Fabián Ruiz. The youngster’s new contract has a release clause of €30 million, and it is a reasonable fee for a player with his potential.
Real Betis have a chance of playing in continental competition next season, and he might bring his hometown club glory on a continental level. This season itself, he has scored twice and provided 6 assists in 30 appearances.
He would be a perfect replacement for Iniesta because he is young, talented and he has some similarities to Iniesta.