• Ilaix Moriba revealed how he sees his future with Barcelona
  • Moriba's father wants him to follow the footsteps of Lionel Messi
  • The midfielder has earned comparisons to Manchester United's Paul Pogba

A Barcelona youngster is looking forward to establishing his future at Camp Nou.

In his first nine games for Barcelona, Ilaix Moriba was able to make his mark on Ronald Koeman’s squad, having been an effective attacking partner for Lionel Messi.

Like most Barca breakout stars, Moriba too is hoping he could stay at Camp Nou for the rest of his career.

“I am living a dream and I hope it never ends,” Moriba said after Barcelona’s win over Getafe. “We depend on us and we have to go to all the games the same way.”

“There is good vibes in the [Barcelona] dressing room, that is reflected in the results you are seeing,” he continued.

Moriba’s father, Mamady, has been very supportive of his seemingly soaring career at Barcelona, given the famed club’s reputation in honing future superstars.

Like Moriba, Mamady also envisions his son staying at Barca for good, citing Messi’s rise to stardom as an example.

“I hope Ilaix never leaves [Barcelona] and can be an example for the next generation at La Masia,” Mamady told Sport last month. “I want kids who have doubts about staying to see Ilaix and choose to stay. It happened with [Lionel] Messi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Sergio] Busquets, Xavi [Hernandez], etc. I hope he can always stay at Barca.”

“Ilaix has explained to me that Leo's a spectacular person," he continued. "To know him well you have to be with him every day. He's a good person. He always tells Ilaix to get into the area. The best in the world jokes with my son! It's the dream of any father and I have no words, I am really grateful for what he's doing.”

Moriba has been enjoying his role as a backup midfielder in Koeman’s new system. The 18-year-old has earned his manager’s trust and is likely to be handed more minutes in Barcelona’s succeeding games.

For Mamady, much of Ilaix’s success was because of Koeman’s “gestures” and it is just right to be grateful to the Dutchman.

“I consider Ronald [Koeman] the 'Papa of Ilaix',” Mamady revealed. “You have to be grateful to someone who gives you the chance of a lifetime, as he's done with my son. Not all managers make these gestures. If it wasn't for Koeman, some of these youngsters wouldn't be in the first team.”

“With this dynamic, thanks to Koeman, I am 100 percent thinking of Barça [for Ilaix] Why leave?” he added.

Moriba hasn’t reached the pinnacle of his career yet, but as early as now, he is already being dubbed by some as the “new Paul Pogba.”

Ronald Koeman
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman during a La Liga match against Sevilla in October 2020. Getty Images / David Ramos