Barça continues to take a tough stance with Ilaix Moriba

The young midfielder has not been included in Barça B's first matchday squad of pre-season

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Barça and Ilaix are yet to reach an agreement on a new contract. In light of the La Masia graduate's refusal to sign a new deal, the club has taken a series of measures to accelerate the renewal process.

Ilaix Moriba had already been dropped from the first team squad for pre-season, and was told to train with Barça B until he signs a new contract.

This Friday, Sergi Barjuan's Barça B are due to participate in their first friendly match of pre-season. However, according to SPORT sources, Ilaix won't feature in this game either.

Tensions are rising between both parties, and many European teams - who are capable of offering a much higher salary than Barça - are monitoring the situation closely.

Barça is faced with incredible financial difficulties. It has asked its first team players, including Ilaix (whose contract expires next summer), to agree to a wage cut.

No agreement appears close, and Barça is not willing to ignore the issue. A few days ago, discussions were even held about the possibility of Ilaix dropping down a further age category if he continues with his stance.

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