Carles Pérez is still trying to figure out why he was sold by Barcelona to AS Roma in January after breaking into the first team and enjoying some nice playing time at the start of the season while Lionel Messi and others recovered from injury.
Pérez and Ansu Fati were the two young attackers given a chance in the first team by Ernesto Valverde, and though he had more minutes and some pretty good performances by the time the January transfer window arrived, Pérez was sold to Roma in a surprising move, and in an interview with Spanish media the 22-year-old said that he didn’t deserve to leave, and is still trying to understand the reasons for his departure.
“Since I was a youth player, I had offers to leave Barcelona, some of them from England. Even when I was at Barcelona B I had offers from senior sides and I always said no because I wanted to get to the [Barcelona] first team. Then I had my opportunities and I think that I made the most of them. In fact, I even got a contract as a first-team player.
“For me, it was a surprise that later they decided to get rid of me, I consider that I did not deserve it. But I don’t want to retract anything either, it is something that happened many months ago. Now I am at Roma, one of the best teams in Italy.
“To this day, I still don’t understand what happened. Either the club needed money or it was something else that escapes me. But it is already in the past. At the time, it did bother me because it was a blow to leave Barcelona and no longer seeing your family and friends. Since then, from my immediate circle, I have only seen my parents.”
Source: EFE via Marca