Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has said that he is not enjoying his time at the Catalan club, and that has issued a come-and-get-me plea to potential suitors.
The 24-year-old has struggled to find his best form since joining the club from Valencia in 2016, and has been the subject of jeers from home fans on a few occasions.
“I don’t feel good on the pitch,” said Gomes, as quoted by ESPN. “I am not enjoying what I am doing. The first six months [at Barca] were pretty good but then things changed.
“Maybe it’s not the right word to use, but it has turned into a kind of hell, because I have started to feel more pressure. With pressure, I feel fine, but with the pressure [I put] on myself, I don’t. The feeling that I have during games is bad.”
The former Valencia man has made 25 appearances in all competitions this season, although a majority of them have come from the bench.
“On more than one occasion, I didn’t want to leave my house because [of the way] people look at you,” he added. “You have fear of going on the street out of shame.
“I close myself off. I don’t allow myself to get rid of the frustration I have. I don’t talk to anybody. It’s like I feel ashamed. Thinking too much has hurt me. I think about the bad things and what I have to do.”
His latest comments should serve as encouragement for Tottenham Hotspur who have been reportedly tracking him for a while.
Gomes was one of the star players for Valencia and was a joy to watch. A move away from Barcelona could do a world of good for him, but both Spurs and West Ham will have to dish out a hefty transfer fee for his signature.