Gerard Deulofeu does not expect Barcelona return and confirms Watford want him next season
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 02/05/18 3:00pm
Gerard Deulofeu says his complaint about not being included on Barcelona's celebratory t-shirt came from the heart but does not expect to return to the Spanish champions this summer.
The 24-year-old attacker played for Barca 17 times during the first half of the campaign before joining Watford on loan in January, and questioned why his name was not alongside the rest of the squad on an initial design of the t-shirt.
Barcelona subsequently confirmed his name on a second version worn by the players on their open-top bus parade celebrating their La Liga and Copa Del Rey double.
Deulofeu congratulated Barca on being champions but told Spanish radio station Cadena SER that he will consider his future in the next transfer window and Watford boss Javi Gracia wants him back at Vicarage Road next term.
He said: "The truth is that it (the tweet) came out of my soul. When I was there, I played out of my skin, like anyone.
"We are the champions. It's clear I was only involved for part of the season, but it's clear it's also mine. Of course I am happy today. It's one more title.
"Congratulations to the champions, who also includes me. It is very important that we continue like this. Congratulations to all the Catalans.
"(But) I do not think I will return to Barca. They gave me up and I wanted to go on loan. It's clear that I do not think I'll come back.
"The (Watford) coach wants me to stay. I have to see, go slowly and analyse it well this summer. We will see with my agent what happens. We are in a quiet moment."