by Anthony J. Merced
RB Leipzig midfielder Ilaix Moriba will join Getafe in La Liga on loan for the remainder of the 2023-24 season. This is a continuation of his loan spell as the player was with Valencia for most of the previous two seasons, barely seeing the field with Leipzig.
Despite being highly sought after, with a fee of 16 million Euros, the Guinean central midfielder has found it hard to break into the Bundesliga roster. He's only made two total appearances for Leipzig, a shock after he had pushed his way into the line-up for Barcelona as a teenager. Moriba made 18 first team appearances with Barcelona, 14 of which in La Liga, scoring a goal over that time. His return to La Liga with Valencia had him playing 38 games over two seasons as he continues to grow in the domestic league of his professional origin.
"He's conducted himself impeccably here and put in good shifts in training," said Sporting Director Rouven Schroder. "Now it's just important for him to get lots of game time. Getafe have promised him that and really wanted Ilaix."
Moriba hasn't been able to crack a tough midfield at Leipzig, consisting of Kevin Kampl, Xavr Schlager, Nicholas Seiwald and Amadou Haidara. His youth means that there is room for growth within Leipzig. However, such young talent in the past that hasn't broken through tend to move on before the openings make themselves apparent.