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Hindsight is a great thing and when a team like Barca come calling I guess you can't pass that up, he maybe would have been better getting playing time and developing in MLS, just a thought!

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2 hours ago, gator said:

Hindsight is a great thing and when a team like Barca come calling I guess you can't pass that up, he maybe would have been better getting playing time and developing in MLS, just a thought!

totally.

Also, wasn't the Barca fee for him like 2 million? At that price they're basically just taking a flyer on him aren't they?

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4 hours ago, lazlo_80 said:

totally.

Also, wasn't the Barca fee for him like 2 million? At that price they're basically just taking a flyer on him aren't they?

I don't know if the figure was ever released, but I thought it was somewhere between 0.5 - 1.5 M. 

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1 hour ago, Obinna said:

I don't know if the figure was ever released, but I thought it was somewhere between 0.5 - 1.5 M. 

Word was one million euros. 

Message to @gator and @lazlo_80

He got playing time at Barcelona, almost every week. Including in 2nd division. 

He is not getting playing time at Albacete. If they want to ask for a loan and not play him that is their prerogative. It is also his responsibility to practice hard and make not playing him a hard decision. 

Not being in the GC line-up means he could appear again this Thursday, we'll see what they do. At this point just making the bench will be positive.

 

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46 minutes ago, Unnamed Trialist said:

Word was one million euros. 

Message to @gator and @lazlo_80

He got playing time at Barcelona, almost every week. Including in 2nd division. 

He is not getting playing time at Albacete. If they want to ask for a loan and not play him that is their prerogative. It is also his responsibility to practice hard and make not playing him a hard decision. 

Not being in the GC line-up means he could appear again this Thursday, we'll see what they do. At this point just making the bench will be positive.

 

Agreed. If he was to make the bench Thursday, that would be progress. I know you didn't catch the match, but is there any word on how he played?

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On 6/10/2019 at 4:50 AM, Obinna said:

Agreed. If he was to make the bench Thursday, that would be progress. I know you didn't catch the match, but is there any word on how he played?

No, but the call-up itself was criticised by the press. They figured that the coach, Ramis, just thought they had no chance to nab third place, would be likely in the playoff this Thursday as 4th place vs. 5th place Mallorca, and was essentially resting starters. In a way, they threw it. They did injure a starting defender and the captain, Arroyo, so maybe he was not too far off. 

I don't expect Ballou to be called up for Mallorca though could be surprised. 

Edited by Unnamed Trialist

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4 hours ago, Chad_Impact said:

Any news on his situation right now? Is part of summer training  for Barca A/B ?

They said he was back from the loan deal. I look daily at the Barcelona B training pics, on twitter, and I think there is one, in the dressing room where I see him at one end (he has sort a receeding hairline already). If you check https://twitter.com/fcbarcelonab?lang=en they have daily pics and he may appear eventually. 

They just signed Hiroki Abe who will go on their Japan tour, with probably 5-6 more of the B players, but I am not sure what Ballou's set up is. My suspicion is that he will play these pre-season friendlies with the B team and they'll use that to find a loan for him, as they want to bring up even younger youth players. I am sort of thinking that unless he absolutely tears things up, he will be gone at the end of this season. 

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