Cristian Tello insists he is happy with life at Barcelona, but admits he would naturally like to have more opportunities in the first team.
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the best young talents in Spanish football, and won a first full international cap for his country in a friendly match against Ecuador earlier this season. But before he thinks about booking a place at the World Cup Finals in Brazil, he will have to try and force his way into the starting XI for Barca.
Tello has so far figured in nine of their 15 La Liga matches this season, but seven of these have come from the substitute bench. The overall time he has spent on the field equates to just 237 minutes, and this has led to speculation he may push for a move when the window reopens. And whilst the forward is happy in Catalonia, he admits he would like more first team opportunities although he feels he has nothing to prove.
“I am content at Barcelona,” he said. “It is normal that I desire more minutes in the team. I want to profit on my opportunities this season. I do not need to demonstrate anything on the pitch because the coach knows how I am at this club.”
Tello showed his quality when scoring in the 6-1 win against Celtic on Wednesday, yet even this was just his second appearance in the competition this season. His current contract still has another four years to run after this term is over, and of the clubs said to be interested in him, Liverpool are thought to be particularly keen should he become available.