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Paco Alcácer: I left Barcelona to be happy

Alcacer: I left Barcelona to be happy

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The striker does not regret his decision to leave Camp Nou for Borussia Dortmund, where he has been thriving this season and earned a Spain recall.

Paco Alcácer admits he left Barcelona to join Borussia Dortmund in order to "feel happy playing" after a difficult time at Camp Nou.

The striker has been a huge hit in the Bundesliga since joining on an initial loan deal in August, becoming only the second player after Gert Dörfel to score six goals in his first three games in the division.

Alcácer's impressive run, which included scoring a hat-trick as a substitute in last Saturday's dramatic 4-3 win over Augsburg, earned the 25-year-old a recall to the Spain squad for this month's matches with Wales and England.

The former Valencia man admits he had reached a point where he knew he needed to leave Barça, having made only 14 starts in LaLiga in two seasons.

"In the end, it all comes down to making decisions," he told a news conference. "Being at Barcelona for years, not having a leading role, not everything going as I had wanted...

"I decided to look for minutes elsewhere. A player with confidence is better than one without confidence. I left in order to feel happy playing.

"The decisions I was able to make, I made. The conversations with [coach] Ernesto [Valverde] were private and I decided to look for minutes elsewhere. At Barça, with Luis Suárez, [Lionel] Messi, [Ousmane] Dembélé... it's tough to play."

Alcacer credited his Dortmund form to the fact his new team-mates have helped him to settle quickly.

"All my team-mates have helped me a lot since the first day," he said. "I had difficulty with the language and with the change. They've made it really easy for me and I've adapted well."

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