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Barcelona director praises incoming winter signing: “Strong personality”

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Barcelona’s newly appointed sporting director Deco has been working around the clock to ensure that the club are in a position to attract top talents across the globe.

The Brazilian notably played a key role in helping Barcelona sign Vitor Roque, who is likely to join the club in the upcoming January transfer window.

In a recent interview, Deco was asked about the qualities Vitor Roque will bring to the table to Barcelona. And the director had no hesitation in heaping praise on the youngster.

Deco on Vitor Rique

“A player who plays for Barcelona, ​​regardless of his technical quality, must be brave, possess a strong personality, and not be affected by pressure,” Deco told Mundo Deportivo.

“Vitor has that, he has a strong personality to face a challenge like playing for Barcelona at this age,” he added.

At the age of just 18, Vitor Roque has indeed shown tremendous characteristics, withstanding all pressure to become one of Athletico Paranaense’s top players.

Vitor Roque will be keen on joining Barcelona in January (Photo by Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

The teenage sensation has made 78 competitive appearances for the club, racking up 27 goals and 11 assists. Very few, therefore, would argue that he is not ready for European football.

Deco on Roque joining in January

In the interview, Deco was also asked whether or not Vitor Roque can join the club in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Barcelona sporting director remained largely coy but offered hope that the club would do everything possible to bring in the player in January.

“From the first minute it was clear with Athletico Paranaense that Vitor could only come from January, which was one of the conditions of the agreement, but we will try,” Deco said.

“Let’s see what we can do. He is a player that we have signed for the present and for the future, we believe a lot in him, but we have to wait a little and see how we can fix this. If he is not now, he will be in July for sure,” he added.

Earlier in the month, Barcelona’s economic vice-president Eduard Romeu had also confirmed that the club will try to bring in Vitor Roque in January.

But as things stand, we have to wait and watch how things transpire in the coming months.

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