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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.

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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."