Barca 'Pleased' With African Star, Club Eager For His Return

Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Abde Ezzalzouli
Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Abde Ezzalzouli

Reports suggest that Barcelona are pleased with the progress one of their star African players is making out on loan, and are eager to get him back in the off-season.

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On Thursday night, Osasuna secured their passage to the semi-final of the Copa del Rey following their 2-1 extra-time win over Sevilla, courtesy of Moroccan sensation Abde Ezzalzouli's winner. The performance from the winger was indicative of the season he is having with the LaLiga outfit, where he has been shining.

Despite the 21-year-old's strike against the Andalusian club being his first goal of the season in all competitions for Osasuna, Barca have reportedly been impressed with Abde’s performances under Jagoba Arrasate.

The Blaugrana sent the youngster out on loan to the Navarrese side following Raphinha's arrival at the Camp Nou and Ousmane Dembele's contract extension, but given his displays both in LaLiga and for the national team during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Catalan outfit now think he is ready for first-team action with them, according to Sport.

Since bursting on to the scene under Xavi Hernandez last season, Abde has gone on to establish himself as one of the bright young talents of European football, and has garnered the attention of the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.

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Barca, however, insist they want to integrate the Atlas Lion into their plans once their preparations for the 2023/24 season get underway.

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