Gerard Deulofeu was none too pleased to see his name omitted from the commemorative shirts produced by Barcelona to mark the league and cup double, which has been put down to an error by kit sponsors Nike, and has now flatly rejected any possibility of a return to Camp Nou this summer.
Currently on loan at Watford in the Premier League, spoke to Catalan radio network RAC1 and made his position towards his parent club quite plain. “There is absolutely no chance of me going back to Barcelona. They don’t want me to and I don’t want to either. I have a year left on my contract but this summer I want to be sold. There won’t be another loan deal – it has to be a sale.”
Deulofeu: "I don’t want to look to the past any more"
Deulofeu’s career at Barcelona took a backwards step when Ernesto Valverde took charge at the club, seeing his playing time seriously cut down under the former Athletic boss, but said that he does not hold any personal rancor towards the Barça manager. “I think he trusted in me and my game. But I think that I was lacking a bit of confidence and I wasn’t able to play in the way that I know. But I can’t look backwards, I have to carry on. I was angry but only until I arrived at Watford on loan. I knew it would be difficult when I went back because Barcelona is the best club in the world but I don’t want to look to the past any more.”
Asked if he was annoyed about the shirt mix-up, Deulofeu replied: “Of course. I played in the Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League and gave everything I had so I feel that the titles are mine as well.”