Nico González arrived at Valencia on loan from Barcelona in August because he was not one of Xavi’s first choices in midfield. With Sergio Busquets as captain and the signing of Franck Kessié, plus Gavi and Pedri, Barça’s midfield was not easy to break into and the young Galician was not going to have game time, despite the fact that Xavi wanted him in the squad.
It was the player himself who decided to leave Barcelona and who accepted the offer from Valencia after a call from Gennaro Gattuso, who was looking for him to play in the midfield pivot. The operation was a loan deal without an option to buy, and after Nico renewed his contract with Barça for two more years.
The player arrived thinking that he was going to be a starter and the reality is that he has only been in two games, against Rayo Vallecano and Getafe when Carlos Soler left the club to join PSG and Gattuso found a place for him, but not as a pivot, where Hugo Guillamón has become a mainstay.
Nico’s performance in Vallecas wasn’t his finest, missing a chance that could have seen Los Che draw level and a game in which the midfielder ended up putting the ball in his own net. Since that day, September 7, Nico has only been involved in three games, all from the bench.
This situation does not please the player, nor does it please Barça. As reported by Jijantes, Jorge Mendes met with Barça president Joan Laporta and Mateu Alemany on Thursday to explore the possibility of bringing the player back when the league stops in November.