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Former Barcelona forward opens up on his departure: “Could have been a good alternative to Lewandowski”

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Ferran Jutgla is one of many Barcelona academy graduates, who have had to settle for a move elsewhere in order to continue his progress.

Jutgla left Barcelona last summer, joining Club Brugge on a permanent deal worth around €5 million.

The young forward, though, has recently admitted that he could have been an excellent alternative for Robert Lewandowski if he had stayed at Barça.

An alternative for Lewandowski?

“Of course, I think I could have been a good replacement for Lewandowski, but when I left I knew there were a lot of people and I wanted to play. I had to make a decision and that’s what I did,” Jutgla told Catalunya Radio (h/t Diario SPORT).

Reminiscing his time at Barcelona, the forward added, “Of course, you miss things when you’re away. Whenever I have a few days off I go back to my town to be with my family and friends. You always have this nostalgia of returning home.”

Formerly of Espanyol youth, Jutgla spent only one year at Barcelona, having joined the club in 2021, on the back of excellent performances for his previous clubs.

Ferran Jutgla was fond of his spell at Barcelona (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

During his time in Barcelona, Jutgla performed very well for the subsidiary squad, which helped him earn nine competitive appearances for the senior side.

 “When I signed for Barça I didn’t even think about the first team. My goal was to have a showcase to place myself in professional football,” he said.

Explaining his decision to join Barça, Jutgla said, “I chose Barça because it was a showcase, but when you are inside and you see a hole to get there if you are prepared, you have luck and all these things come together, you try to take advantage of it and that’s what I did. It was my opportunity.” 

The 24-year-old went on to explain his decision to leave Barcelona, pointing out how he wanted to play at the highest level.

“There was a season of reconstruction where those of us who were there sought the best for the club,” he said. “It went very well on my part and the cub. But there are circumstances. I wanted to play and that was not the time.”

“I did not have the space and football is moments. Just like it was the moment when I left Espanyol to go to Barça,” he added.

How are things going in Belgium?

“Sometimes life is wonderful and has things in store that you can’t imagine. The adaptation to Belgium has been easy,” Jutgla said, about his life in Belgium so far.

Since joining Club Brugge, Jutgla has featured in over 50 competitive matches for the club, racking up 16 goals and eight assists.

“The first few months, with many games, went by very quickly and I only thought about football, I didn’t have time to think that I was alone,” he added.

While it is unlikely that Jutgla will return to Barcelona in the near future, the Spaniard certainly has the potential to join a top club in Europe’s top five leagues, if he can continue his progress in Belgium.

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