Deulofeu: I’ll fight for a spot at Barca

Following Barcelona triggering his buyback clause and returning him to Camp Nou, Gerard Deulofeu says that he has no intention of being immediately resold.

The 23-year old forward came up through the Barcelona youth academy but only found regular first-team football after making his €6m move to Everton in 2013. 

However, it was only once the Toffees loaned him out to AC Milan at the start of 2017 that the player started showing the type of form that had the Barca board consider bringing him back to Spain, as clubs often do when they feel a player can be resold for a profit.

In conversation with reporters following the Spain U23 team's European Championship defeat to Germany on Friday, he made it clear that he sees his future with the Catalan club.

Breaking into the Barca lineup will prove a significant challenge for the versatile player, who will fight the likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi for a spot in the first XI, but the player has given no indication that he is overly daunted by this prospect.

"I am very happy to be back at Barcelona," he said. "It is my home and it was a shame I could not go back sooner.

"It is already decided. This year I will stay at Barca for sure. I am ambitious and I want to play with the best.

"I am very happy to have this opportunity that I have never had, to play in the first team of Barca."