La Masia has seen a massive resurgence in recent years, especially through the likes of Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Ansu Fati, and Alejandro Balde. However, the generation of talents before the current crop was one of immense quality too which unfortunately went under the radar.
Marc Cucurella is one such player who was sold by Barcelona without being given sufficient chances to prove his worth. After moving to Getafe, he earned a move to Brighton in the Premier League before making a big-money switch to Chelsea this past summer.
Earlier this week, the left-back was asked about a potential return to Barcelona in the future in an interview with Cat Radio after being awarded the title ‘Best Catalan player.’
Instead of hiding his interest in returning home out of respect for his current club, Cucurella said he would embrace such a chance if it fell at his doorstep.
“I didn’t have the chance and I’ve always had a thorn in my side. In the end, if I had the chance in the future I would value it, but it would be very nice,” the Chelsea defender said.
He also spoke about the various hurdles he faced along his journey to the top and the factors that helped him see the success he has today.
“It has not been easy to get here, I have had to overcome many obstacles. The most important thing is that I have never lowered my arms, I have always kept working and this year I got the prize I was looking for,” he added.
The 24-year-old has made 13 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, providing two assists in the process. He has also played in four UCL games for the club but is yet to directly contribute to a goal.
A return to Barcelona in the near future seems unlikely for Cucuruella, given that Xavi has Alejandro Balde, Jordi Alba and Marcos Alonso in his arsenal at left-back.
However, matters could change a few years down the line if the youngster can keep up his exponential growth, especially with the club looking to offload Alba and Alonso not getting any younger either.