Bojan Krkic feels he has the quality to feature for Barcelona after a succession of loan spells, according to Spanish source Marca.
The Spaniard has spent the last year in the Netherlands with Ajax, and the previous year with Roma, but now feels he is capable of playing for his parent club after two years away.
He said: “I have no doubt I can play for Barça, but I don’t know if it would be the best [option] for me at this time.”
The 23-year-old’s form has waned considerably since his debut season at Barcelona, and this was what initially lead to the striker being farmed out on loan. Bojan has enjoyed success this season as he helped Ajax claim a fourth successive league title and feels he has become a better player in his time away from Catalonia.
“At Barcelona, from the early days when I broke through, I was seen as a goalscorer. Going somewhere else for a while has shown me I can enjoy games from a perspective other than scoring goals.
“My Italian adventure was positive because I improved a lot in tactical terms, most of all defensively, which is something I hadn’t worked on quite so much. In Holland, I have got the buzz back. I’ve gone back to playing as a centre-forward, which is where I perform best.
“I was looking for a club where I could keep on progressing. Ajax always appealed to me from when I was young and, in addition to that, they gave me a chance to play in the Champions League.”
Bojan will now return to Barcelona, but whether new Barcelona boss Luis Enrique will consider him worthy of a starting berth is another question. With so many top names possibly on their way out, he too may be deemed surplus to requirements.
The forward flourished under Frank Rijkaard but his progress stalled under Pep Guardiola. Bojan could potentially reignite his career under Enrique but he would prefer regular top-flight football at this stage of his career.
Despite his desire to play for his parent club, he has not ruled out the possibility of a move, especially with only a year remaining on his contract.
“Going back to Barca is obviously an option. I have a year on my contract. We’ll see. I must evaluate what’s best for me and my development," he finished.
“That’s a decision that is key to my career and I want to weigh up all the options: Barcelona, Ajax or other offers that could come in. I don’t want to close the door on anything.”
At 23, Bojan still has an opportunity to resurrect his career. Whether it’s at Barcelona remains to be seen.
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