Barcelona defender Douglas attempted sit-in protest in bid to stay at the club

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Excluding any current or past Real Madrid players, you will have to look fairly hard to find a professional footballer who would never want the opportunity to play for Barcelona.

And even some of those who are given the privilege can be reluctant to relinquish their time at the Camp Nou once they fall out of favour under the manager.

However, we're not sure anyone went to quite the same extreme length Brazilian full-back Douglas did to try and prevent his summer departure from the Catalan giants.

Douglas completed a loan move to Sporting Gijon in late August despite his best - yet quite ridiculous - attempt to scupper the move.

Fellow right-back Dani Alves had swapped Barcelona for Juventus at the start of the summer but manager Luis Enrique still did not feel confident in Douglas' ability to replace him and therefore thought a move away for the best step forward for the 26-year-old.

Douglas disagreed and when summoned by Barca officials to complete the deal, took it upon himself to stage a sit-in protest at the club's offices, according to Spanish publication Sport.

With the various documentation and contracts awaiting his signature on the table in front of him, the Brazilian broke down and was determined to remain a member of Enrique's squad - even if it meant staying in the office.

In the end, it took one of the lawyers overseeing the deal to convince the player in question that his efforts would not change the end result.

Douglas eventually calmed down and accepted his fate to embark on a new challenge with Sporting.

Unfortunately, the move hasn't brought him the regular football he may have been expecting four games into the La Liga season.

The 26-year-old has made just one appearance which happened to be the 5-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday so he might be wondering if he should have stuck the protest out a little bit longer.

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