Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella has admitted he would love to play for Barcelona.
Cucurella joined Chelsea in a £63m deal from Brighton in the summer and has made 18 appearances for the Blues.
The 24-year-old left-back, who has been capped once by Spain, was also linked with a move to Manchester City before heading to Stamford Bridge.
It has been a tough season for Chelsea, who are eighth in the Premier League with the 2022-23 campaign currently on pause for the Qatar World Cup.
New owner Todd Bohely spent close to £280m on players in the summer transfer window and replaced Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter in September.
That has seen the club endure a turbulent spell and Cucurella has faced criticism over some of his performances this term.
‘I don’t know what they are getting from Cucurella,’ former Blues defender William Gallas told Genting Casino. ‘He doesn’t play for Spain. He isn’t in the Chelsea starting eleven.’
Cucurella will be hoping to hit form when Chelsea’s season restarts on December 27 and he has been speaking about his desire to one day return to Barcelona, the club where he started his career before leaving due to a lack of opportunities.
‘I didn’t get the chance to really play for Barcelona and I’ve always been gutted about that,’ he told Catalunya Radio.
‘In the end, if I had the chance in future, I would value it, it would be very nice.’
Cucurella made just one appearance for the Barcelona first team and spent time on loan at Spanish sides Eibar and Getafe before joining the latter club permanently.
He came through Barcelona’s academy and made 54 appearances for Barcelona B, helping the team achieve promotion.
Cucurella made a name for himself in England with an impressive season at Brighton in 2021-22, helping the Seagulls finish ninth in the Premier League and being crowned the club’s Player of the Season.
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