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Gerard Deulofeu
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer
Desc Any player who comes up through the Barcelona academy is always going to be in the shadow of Messi. Gerard Deulofeu was given the nickname the ‘Catalan Messi’ as he broke through during his teenage years. Now at Watford, the Spain international was sold by Barca to Everton in 2015 but actually returned to his hometown club in 2017 when they exercised a buy-back option in his contract. He teamed up with Messi, playing 23 times before being loaned out and then sold back to England

Affiliation

Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player xxxx
  Watford FC
  Everton FC
  Barca

2019 03 08 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona winger Deulofeu open to Guardiola reunion at Man City] Watford has a certain profile but for now it’s not a top club. We’re eighth in the table, fighting to finish seventh and qualify for Europe, but I cannot close the door to other teams. I’m focused on Watford but of course my objective is to play for a top team, that’s normal, just like any other professional

[He added on the man who helped to mould his game in Catalunya] Guardiola was a very special coach for me, the first when I was at Barcelona. He is a great coach, a lovely person and I have very good memories of that time but I would have liked to have had a full year with him. I was very young and I wasn’t in the dressing room much, but I’m very grateful for the opportunities he gave me

[Quizzed on whether he would like to link up with Guardiola again one day, possibly at the Etihad Stadium] Of course, that’s why I keep working. I like their wingers a lot, [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Leroy] Sane, [Raheem] Sterling and [Riyad] Mahrez, they are guys who play as I do, so why not? I’m going to fight for that, although for now, I’m focused on doing well at Watford

2019 04 14 Retrieve

[The pressure of being likened to living legend Messi has been a big burden to bear, and one that Deulofeu has come to understand was terminal for his Blaugrana career] It was more harmful than beneficial. Normally I don’t read the newspapers, but I remember those headlines well and it ended up hurting me because there were too many expectations on me from Barcelona fans. There is only one Messi

[This is the kind of form makes big European clubs stand up and notice, with Deulofeu admitting he has ambitions away from the English club] Watford has a certain profile but for now it’s not a top club. We’re eighth in the table, fighting to finish seventh and qualify for Europe, but I cannot close the door to other teams. I’m focused on Watford, but, of course, my objective is to play for a top team, that’s normal, just like any other professional

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Deulofeu reflects on life behind legends at Camp Nou] When you’re young at Barca there are a lot of eyes on you, many people who think you will be the next Iniesta, the next Messi, stars of football. That is hard because young players have to work calmly, every day, without pressure. You should learn and work but some people talk too much and they create a dream for you that is very difficult to reach. I’m proud to have formed at Barcelona because I learned a lot from their academy, but all people know my time in the first team wasn’t the best. That was my objective and I did not manage to reach it

It was very hard because you’re playing well for Barca B and you know that you have Messi, Neymar and Pedro ahead of you, a lot of really good players and you have to decide if you want to be patient or leave and live other experiences, and play. I’m someone who doesn’t want to be on the bench. I want to play, and that doesn’t matter if I’m at Barca, Watford or Bayern. What I want is to be on the pitch and be happy. You can be much happier at Waford playing than being a substitute at a team like Barca. If you don’t play, you aren’t happy, that’s my mentality

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu has hailed the impact of Ismaila Sarr and backed him to become a key figure for the club] It’s really tough because I know my teammates are going to miss me because I’m doing really good things for the team. But there are more players who are going to take this opportunity. We have great players who are going to help the team and we’re going to achieve our objectives to remain [in the league] of course. He’s [Sarr] a really good player, really young, his pace is amazing and it helps the team a lot because when we do the counter-attacks from both sides - from my side and Ismaila’s - the team can go up [the pitch] and it helps the team a lot. He gets good assists, good goals. In the present and in the future, he’s going to be a really good player for Watford so we’re really happy to have him in the team