Munir hoping for Alaves stay if Barcelona return is turned down

Munir El Haddadi has commented on his future, saying he would like to join Alaves on a permanent deal if he cannot return to parent club, Barcelona.

The lively attacker joined Alaves last summer and has been in good form since, scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances which have helped the Basque side move away from the dreaded relegation places.

The 21-year-old striker spent time with Valencia on loan last season and largely impressed, scoring twice against his parent club but his return to the Camp Nou last summer was met with a negative response from new boss Ernesto Valverde, who opted to bring in Ousmane Dembele and Gerard Deulofeu, who has since departed.

Considering his future, Munir is cited as saying by Marca,  that he would like to remain at the Mendizorrotza stadium should Barca turn down a return.

“I have a great affection for the fans of the club. I am very happy here and I am growing as a player.”

A whole host of sides were interested in Munir last summer, including Italian side Roma and Premier League’s Crystal Palace, whilst Deportivo La Coruna had made a loan offer.

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Joining Barca in 2011, Munir progressed through the youth teams, before making his debut in 2014; he has later made 45 appearances, scoring 10 goals in the process.

Having impressed, the youngster was awarded a sole cap for the Spanish international side, featuring against Macedonia.

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