Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba wasn’t involved with the club’s B team on Friday amid speculation over his future.

He was expected to feature against L’Escala for the B team but was left out as the reserves recorded a 3-0 win.

Barca remain in talks with the player’s agents over a new deal, with his contract expiring next summer. According to ESPN, the two parties have not made any progress regarding a new deal and the 18-year-old currently finds himself training with the B team.

“I’ve been speaking with him and I told him that I will help with whatever I can, but above all, I advised him not to leave,” Barca B coach Sergi Barjuan said. “I can’t get involved beyond that, it’s not for me to do that. I can just say that I hope he stays.

“It’s a new situation and a difficult one for him and for the club, but the important thing is that it doesn’t affect him. He needs to keep working hard so that if the situation is resolved, he’s in shape when the games arrive. He’s doing that; he’s managing a tough moment well.”