The biggest revelation of Barcelona's new season has been the play of Sergi Roberto. After two years of being an outcast in the first team with very few minutes and underwhelming performances as a midfielder, the young Spaniard welcomed a challenge this season after coach Luis Enrique began to test him as a full-back, and Roberto thrived on it, becoming a key component of the squad in the middle of an insane start with injuries and painful losses.
Now Roberto feels appreciated by his coaches and fans, and he wants to improve. He spoke to Catalan radio this week about his very good form and the rumors of his former teammate, Celta Vigo star Nolito, possibly joining the Blaugrana during the January transfer window.
Here's a few highlights from his interview:
"We would be delighted with Nolito. I shared a dressing room with him at Barça B and he was one of the stand out performers.
"When you believe you're working well and you see you're not getting minutes, you do being to think about the possibility of leaving.
"I never planned to play in this position, I didn't see myself there. I've tried to do my best [at full-back] and it's gone well. You have more space, attacking is easier, because you can see all the play in front of you. Defensively you have to be more aware, but I feel comfortable there, because it allows me to drive with the ball.
"It's my best moment since I reached the first team. When you play minutes, you gain confidence and you play better. I am happy and I feel really good, both physically and in terms of my play."
Source: RAC1 via Diario Sport