Former Barcelona star Riqui Puig has appeared to make a Pep Guardiola insult about Ferran Torres in leaked audio files.
Puig, who has this week left the Camp Nou and joined La Galaxy, can be heard discussing Torres' winter transfer from Manchester City in the voice clips. Shared by podcaster Joan Fontes, they are supposedly from the 22-year-old's driving classes in February.
He said: "Ferran Torres? Guardiola didn’t even want him. He played 12 matches last year." Torres actually made just seven appearances for City last season before his move to Spain in a deal believed to be worth up to £46million.
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City boss Guardiola explained at the time: "It's not just Ferran, it's everyone. If you want to leave because you will be happier in another place, you have to go.
"The career for a football player is short. If he wants to leave, and the clubs have an agreement, I am happy for him."
Fortunately there will be no awkwardness in Barca training with the two no longer team-mates. Puig has signed a three-year contract with MLS side Galaxy, despite his tender age.
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His future was something he also discussed in the leaked clips. "I had offers from Chelsea and Milan," he claimed. "I did not leave because I’m fine here at Barcelona. They pay you double the money, but you’re lonely there."
Puig went on to talk about the emotional departure of Barca legend Lionel Messi to PSG last summer. Messi broke down in tears at his final press conference before the move.
"It is normal that Messi reacts like that when leaving Barcelona. He was at the club since he was 14 years old," said the young midfielder.
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