Gavi is not the kind of player who shies away from getting into the action. With tackles, duels, and even altercations – one way or another he manages to get into the faces of the opposition and attract the spotlight. The same has seemingly followed the Barcelona midfielder even when he’s not in the middle of the park, though not always through his own fault.
On Wednesday, he officially lost his status as Barca’s first-team player, as La Liga’s website unregistered his new contract. The 18-year-old had been donning the No. 6 shirt since February. But now he’s been given the No. 30 again.
His contract situation and subsequent change of shirt numbers aren’t the only reasons behind Gavi dominating the headlines in Spain.
Luis de la Fuente’s start as Spain’s manager was far from ideal, as his side got humbled by Scotland in a 2-0 defeat at Hampden Park. Now it has emerged things weren’t much better off the field either.
Spain unhappy with Barcelona midfielder’s behaviour
A report from Relevo has claimed that the RFEF were left unimpressed with the player’s behaviour during the international break. In particular, Gavi’s alleged initial refusal to show up for an autograph signing in Malaga wasn’t appreciated.
This comes on the back of a report from The Athletic that suggested that Real Madrid didn’t like Gavi’s attitude. The Barcelona talent was involved in an altercation or two with fellow Spanish teammate Dani Ceballos during his side’s 1-0 win over Los Blancos just before the international break.
The Barcelona man didn’t enjoy the best of starts to life under de la Fuente on the pitch either. In their 3-0 win over Norway, Gavi was hooked off before the hour mark. Against Scotland, he failed to get into the manager’s starting XI, and was introduced in the 79th minute, replacing – you guessed it – Ceballos.