Deulofeu happy at Everton, but sees long-term future at Barcelona

Gerard Deulofeu is satisfied with the way his loan spell at Everton is progressing, but insists he only has designs on a long-term career at Barcelona.

The 19-year-old is rated as one of the best young players to have emerged from the talent-rich Camp Nou production line, and he has been tipped for a big career.

Deulofeu was loaned to the Toffees for the duration of this season so he can gain regular first team football, having made just two league appearances for Barca.

Although he has yet to start a Premier League match yet, with all seven of his outings coming from the bench, the forward is happy with life in England.

However, if any of the Goodison Park faithful have pinned their hopes on keeping the youngster, they will be forced to have a rethink following his latest words.

“My objective is to improve as a player and to go back to Barcelona to play for the maximum number of years possible,” Deulofeu told Esports Xarxa Radio in his homeland. “Now, I am very calm about my adaptation to the Premier League. Game by game, I fulfill my mission. I am young and I need to work every day to obtain my targets.”

Meanwhile, there have been suggestions in the local medial that Roberto Martinez could start Deulofeu for the first time this weekend against Liverpool.

The Merseyside derby would certainly be a fine platform for the Spaniard to showcase his talent, and an opportunity in which he is sure to relish.


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