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Roig accuses Barcelona and other clubs of stealing their talent

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - AUGUST 17: President of Villarreal Fernando Roig looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League play-off first leg match between Villarreal CF and AS Monaco at El Madrigal on August 17, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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According to Fernando Roig, various clubs are “stealing” their 15-year-olds because they are not yet professional.

Villarreal and Barcelona drew 4-4 in yesterday’s Spanish La Liga fixture.

And for owner and president of club Villarreal, Fernando Roig, this only makes him angrier as he believes there are teams in the competition that continue stealing the team’s talents.

“It hurts us that Barcelona, Atletico and Athletic Club steal our 15-year olds because they aren’t yet professional,” Roig explained according to an article wrote by Spanish media outlet Marca.

“Every year we’re robbed by the big teams, every year we have players taken from us, this is because we have the best youth system in Spain.”

“It’s Barcelona, we played a fantastic game, we’ve come back in a similar manner to how we did against Celta Vigo,” he continued.

“We’re a great team and we’ve come back against Barcelona.”

“In the end it’s a point that Barcelona have gained and two we’ve lost,” he added.

Villarreal is currently in the 18th position of La Liga with 30 points, after winning only six games, 12 draws, and 12 defeats.

“We’re in a difficult moment, we have a good team but we had many injuries today,” Roig explained.

“We have eight games left and when we play like we did today and in the first half against Celta Vigo, we’re a great team. We must be brave and continue fighting with our head up.”

Villarreal is still playing in two different tournaments: the Spanish La Liga and the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal.

In the European competition, the team is playing against fellow Spanish club Valencia.

Meanwhile, in the national competition, they will play against Real Betis, Girona, Leganes, Real Sociedad, Huesca, Real Madrid, Eibar and Getafe.

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