PSG youngster Ruiz-Atil announces exit amid Barcelona return rumours

By Sports Desk May 25, 2021

Paris Saint-Germain youngster Kays Ruiz-Atil has confirmed he will leave the club when his contract expires next month.

The 18-year-old featured seven times for PSG in Ligue 1 this season, all but one of those outings coming from the substitutes' bench.

Ruiz-Atil joined the French giants in 2015 from Barcelona – where he spent six years in the famed La Masia academy – and made his senior debut in September's 1-0 loss to Lens.

A return to Barca has been touted for the teenager, while a reunion with Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea is also reportedly being considered.

Announcing his departure on Instagram on Tuesday, Ruiz-Aril posted: "Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the whole club, the president, the staff, the different coaches.

"Each time you see Kays Ruiz, know that my heart will always be with yours where the supporters' chant of 'Ici c'est Paris' will forever resonate."

Across his seven appearances in 2020-21 – each of which came before Mauricio Pochettino replaced Tuchel – the youngster totalled 180 minutes of playing time.

In this limited involvement, Ruiz-Atil averaged 89.5 passes per 90 minutes in Ligue 1 – the fifth-highest return of any player to have been used more than once.

The 55.2 passes per 90 in the opposition half were also fifth-highest, as soon-to-be former team-mate Marco Verratti led the way with 72.6 across 21 matches.

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    Chicago White Sox 1-0 Cleveland Indians
    St Louis Cardinals 12-4 Chicago Cubs
    Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 New York Mets
    San Francisco Giants 7-2 Colorado Rockies
    Minnesota Twins 3-1 Toronto Blue Jays
    Seattle Mariners 6-5 Los Angeles Angels
    Oakland Athletics 14-2 Houston Astros
    Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
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