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Paco Alcácer speaks out on Barcelona exit: “It doesn’t depend on you if you are not selected”

“I wouldn’t have wanted to stay longer”

Borussia Dortmund v SV Werder Bremen - Bundesliga Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images

Paco Alcácer has spoken out about his transfer from FC Barcelona to Borussia Dortmund in an interview with Diario MARCA. The striker arrived to the Camp Nou from Valencia. He spent two seasons with Barça in which he played intermittently. Now, he is lighting the Bundesliga on fire with his scoring off the bench for Dortmund.

“I arrived at Barcelona without scoring for three months and entered a negative streak,” the forward recalls. “That changed and now I am feeling positive and confident in myself.

“It’s complicated to play for a top team as a forward, but in the end, it doesn’t depend on you as a person if you are not selected. In this case, those are the coach’s decisions, but what is in my hands is to train 100 percent every day to improve.”

He expressed a mix of emotions about his exit: “I wouldn’t have wanted to stay longer without feeling like I was part of something, because I competed in one of every three matches. Yes, I’m happy to have been there, I learned from it, but in the end, you want to feel important, and I’m happy now.”

Finally, Alcácer spoke about the fact that he can tell his grandchildren he played alongside the great Lionel Messi: “I will show videos because there are no words to explain him. He is all innate, the ease at which he does everything, there is nobody like him.”

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