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Sergio Busquets reacts to Andre Gomes' heart-breaking interview about Barcelona life

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The footballing world watched with a keen eye when Barcelona swooped in to sign Valencia's Andre Gomes for an initial fee of €35m in the summer of 2016.

The Portuguese midfielder - who really looked the part at Los Che - was at the centre of a tug-of-war between the Blaugrana and their bitter rivals Real Madrid.

His performances during Portugal's Euro 2016 win that summer had a lot of people excited about his arrival, but his time in Catalonia has been rather dismal so far.

He's been jeered by the fans and the players around him have all shown their frustration on the pitch with him.

Lately, it's been really bad and Gomes actually gave quite a heartbreaking interview to Panenka magazine in which he revealed his fragile mental state and says he fears walking the streets of Barca through embarrassment.

"On more than one occasion, I didn't want to leave my house because [of the way] people look at you - you have fear of going on the street out of shame," he said.

Sometimes, you have to remember these guys are human as well.

Naturally, when Ernesto Valverde and Sergio Busquets sat down for their pre-Chelsea press conference, Gomes' situation was brought up

And Busquets' reaction to the debacle was very interesting and one which suggests that it is actually not a huge surprise to the rest of the Barca squad.

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“We knew a little bit about it, it’s obvious we all knew a bit, but not to what extent, it’s a very personal issue,” said Busquets. “We have always tried to help him, give him some advice, he’s the one experiencing this, he’s the one who takes it home.

“We’ve done as much as possible and I believe the fans have to be positive and try to help him. It’s not good he’s feeling like this, I’m sure it will change. I see him prepared [to face Chelsea], he’s trains, he’s ready.”

Tugging at the old heart strings there.

The fans have certainly not shown too much sympathy of late, with Valverde and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen both trying to stop them booing Gomes when he came on during the 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid.


His form is dire, but praying on his insecurity will only worsen the problem.

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