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Barcelona midfielder Nico Gonzalez, who currently plays for Valencia on loan, has cleared that he would never play for Real Madrid in his career.

Speaking to El Larguero, the 20-year-old reflected on several aspects, including his chat with Xavi before departing for Valencia. Before that, however, he was asked whether he would ever make a switch from FC Barcelona to Real Madrid.

The question was particularly asked due to the heating rumours of Marco Asensio’s potential move to Barcelona in 2023. The current Real Madrid winger, who has fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti, will be a free agent next year and Barcelona are said to be interested in his acquisition.

So when asked about the possibility of a transfer to Barcelona’s arch-rivals, the 20-year-old midfielder said: “Real Madrid? No, I’ve been a Barça fan since I was little. I’m very happy in Valencia, I’ve been very happy at Barça and I don’t think I’ll end up at Madrid.”

In early August, Nico extended his current Barcelona deal until 2026 before moving to Valencia, where he has played each of his side’s six league games while scoring one goal. Speaking about the move, the youngster explained,

“I asked Xavi to go on loan and he understood. He wished me the best of luck and made everything easy for me to go on loan.”

The move was sanctioned mostly because Barcelona finally made peace with the fact that Frenkie de Jong would eventually stay.

This means Nico would have fallen further down in the pecking order and it wasn’t ideal for everyone involved, although the youngster believes that he would have had a place at the club, especially with Miralem Pjanic departing.

“I think so I had a place at Barcelona. There have been fewer players in midfield than when I left. But it’s not a decision I’ve made either,” he said.

The 20-year-old also admitted that leaving Barcelona was tougher than he would have thought mostly because he has been living in the city for the last ten years. At the same time, however, he confessed that it was a beneficial move for his career.

“I had been living in Barcelona for ten years and getting out of there is complicated. I had my life there,” he explained. 

“But I think it’s the right thing to do and I’ve gone to a perfect place (Valencia) to develop myself. I think any football team is different from Barça. But I guess every time you move you need that period to adapt.”

In the end, he was asked to define the likes of Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati in one word, to which he reacted,

Pedri: “Magic”

Gavi: “Character”

Ansu: “Goal”

When asked to describe himself in a word, he replied: “Myself? It’s more complicated there. A good midfielder? A great midfielder? I’ve been playing pivot all my life, I’m more used to that than playing inside.”

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