Date:Wednesday June 18 2014
At one point it looked like Gerard Deulofeu may return to Everton for a second loan spell from Spanish giants Barcelona.
Everton gaffer Roberto Martinez certainly would have loved to have had the chance to add the 20-year-old to his side for a second Premier League campaign and who knows reports in Spanish newspaper AS regarding a potential second full-season loan spell could have been accurate.
Personally I think it would have been the smart move for both parties as despite Deulofeu recall into the first-team ranks it's unlikely that he is ready to break into the Barcelona first team on a regular basis just yet, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez all ahead of him in the pecking order.
First team football at Everton in both the Premier League and Europa League would prove a big benefit in his development instead of sitting on the bench at the Nou Camp and adding to his 29 appearances last season including 11 starts would have seen his chances with the Spanish national side improve after a call-up from Vicente del Bosque for the international friendly with Bolivia at the end of May.
But Barcelona coach Luis Enrique wants him in Barcelona and Everton gaffer Roberto Martinez respects the decision.
"He is ready to play for Barcelona because he has special talent, certain qualities that make him stand out, I was delighted when Del Bosque called him up for the friendly before the World Cup. They had followed him for the year he was at Everton and were able to see that he was performing to a very high level. Martinez told the Echo.
He continued: "It would have been good for Gerard and for Everton if he had stayed for us for another year. He would have enjoyed a bigger role in the team than I think he will have at Barcelona because of the competition he will find there.
"It would have been fantastic to have him at Everton for another year, and another year in the Premier League would have made him better prepared to make the jump up to Barcelona, but they didn`t want that, and I presume that`s because Luis Enrique, who knows him well, knows how good he is."
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Date:Wednesday June 18 2014
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