Barcelona director Jordi Cruyff has, on Thursday, spoken out over the future of recent arrival Franck Kessie.
Ivorian international Kessie, of course, opted to take his talents to the Camp Nou during the summer.
Following the expiration of his contract with Serie A champions AC Milan, the 25-year-old linked up with the Blaugrana, hopeful of building on the kind of form which had seen him long considered one of Italian football’s best in the middle of the park.
All told, though, Kessie’s time in Spain has since proven underwhelming.
Across Barca’s 21 outings in all competitions to date, the one-time Atalanta standout has been afforded starts in just five.
This, of course, comes amid fierce competition for places in Catalunya, with all of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri and Gavi too at the disposal of Xavi Hernandez.
Such woes, in turn, had given rise to widespread reports in the media over recent weeks that Kessie was taking into serious consideration a Camp Nou departure, just half a season on from linking up with the Blaugrana.
The likes of former employers AC Milan, and, most recently, Antonio Conte’s Tottenham, had been most hotly tipped as potential destinations.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of Kessie’s future was put to Barcelona chief Jordi Cruyff.
And those hopeful of seeing the midfielder stay put in a bid to prove himself worthy of a spot in Catalunya will no doubt be altogether enthused by the comments.
Cruyff, after confirming that Barca have no intention of parting with Kessie, crucially also went on to reiterate that ‘the player does not plan to leave, either’.