Abde set to join Xavi on July 17 as Barça kickoff preseason

Abde set to join Xavi on July 17 as Barça kickoff preseason

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He returns to Barça in high spirits after winning the U23 Africa Cup with Morocco and a good loan spell at Osasuna

Abde is undoubtedly one of the revelations of last season. The young winger made the most of his loan spell in Pamplona, where he contributed six goals and two assists in 34 appearances whilst being a bench player. Regular playtime was lacking, but his growth is indisputable.

He's been shining for the Moroccan national team as well, who had a historic run in the FIFA World Cup. He also led his side to the U-23 Africa Cup, beating Egypt in a final that went to extra time. He finished the tournament as top scorer (3) and top assist provider (3). All in all, Ez Abde will return to Barça having done his homework and being revered in his country virtually as a king.

The Moroccan, at 21 years of age, maintains a huge projection as he has demonstrated on the pitch and as is also proven by the growth of his economic value, according to data from 'Transfermarkt'. When he arrived at Barça from Hercules in August 2021, for a two million euros payout of his termination clause, he was valued at one million euros. This figure climbed to eight million in the same year. Now, after the latest update on 13 June, he is worth fifteen million euros, an amount that will continue to increase after the triumph of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

His rise in market value is great news for Barça, who will now have to make an important decision in the player's career. As of today, there is nothing definitive. Xavi likes him and he fits better in his team having matured away from the Camp Nou. He has earned a call-up to join the preseason squad next Monday 17 July at the Ciutat Esportiva. The way things stand, he should be on the flight to the tour of the United States.

The club on the other hand might be open to offers given their financial difficulties.

The player is open to all options, although he is very clear that he wants to play more and knows the competition he would have to endure at Barça. All parties hope to reach a consensus soon.

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