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Three seasons on Barcelona B, and then another five with the first team have seen him only grab 35 appearances in that time and having only scored three goals.
Liverpool FC, Bolton Wanderers and Udinese have all been possible destinations for the player, but he seems happy with his move to Spain's fellow Iberian cousin's League with Sporting Lisbon.
In the end the offers from the English clubs were not quite high enough as Bolton failed with a 5 million bid, and his possibly move to Udinese as a makeweight for Alexis Sanchez was rejected with Barcelona offering him the chance to move where he wanted.
The players most recent comments to the Associated Press were reported in one of Wednesday's sports pagers:
"It is almost all right,"
"I go with high hopes. Sporting is a great club where I can play with the regularity that does not happen in Barcelona and also where I can fight for titles."
"I will chase these targets, not only in Portugal but I think in the Europa League we can also have good results.''
With that said it will interesting to see just how good he possible is when facing the competition in a completely different context.
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