Fabián’s nod to Barça: “We love him very much”
It is an open secret that Fabián Ruiz (1996), along with Pjanic, is Barça’s great dream to reinforce the midfield of the Catalan team next season. What was not so public was the detail that the Los Palacios midfielder had on February 25 with the Barça technicians. It was revealed by Fran Soto, physical trainer for Barça. Fabián gave four Napoli shirts to each of the members of the Barça coaching staff: Quique Setién, Eder Sarabia, Fran Soto and Jon Pascua. “We love him very much,” Setien said in loving codes. But they all realized that the anecdote would make them talk, so Setién tried to joke with her: “They still think we want to sign him.” Setién is the great supporter of Fabián, who in 2016 had been on the point of leaving Betis to play in the Barça subsidiary and who two years later became a highly sought-after player, to the point that Barça returned to consider signing after the Valverde’s first season. Finally, the presence of Rakitic and Paulino in the team deterred Robert Fernández. But the name was kept in the folders of the technical secretariat of Barça. Not only in Robert’s, but also in those inherited by Abidal and Ramon Planes. The best player in the U21 Euro Cup knows that if there is any club where he would be welcomed with open arms, that is Barça, where he would be protected next season with Setién and would arrive knowing what to expect.