Douglas on Barça struggles: "I'd come home crying every day"

Defender Douglas Pereira, currently on loan at Sporting Gijón from Barcelona, has discussed his Camp Nou travails in an interview.

Douglas Pereira, durante un partido contra el Atlético de Madrid.
Javier Gandul Diario AS

Sporting Gijón's on-loan full-back Douglas Pereira has spoken to newspaper El Comercio about his struggles at parent club Barcelona, admitting they left him in tears on a daily basis.

The Brazilian moved to the Camp Nou from Sao Paulo in 2014, but after making just three LaLiga appearances in an injury-affected two years he was shipped out on a season-long switch to Gijón in the summer.

"I've never let my head drop"

Optimism: "I've always been optimistic. When I was young I dreamed of being a footballer. I knew it'd be tough, but I kept on moving forward. That hasn't changed."

Feeling like a player: "I never stopped feeling like a footballer. I've never let my head drop and I'm no different now."

Douglas in a rare Barcelona appearance.

"I had some tough times"

Barça: "In Barcelona I had some tough times with injuries. I'd come home crying every day."

Injury on Sporting team coach: "That wasn't right at all. It was just an overstretched muscle and [all it needed was] a massage. I was training the next day, and it was written that I was injured when I wasn't. That saddens me."