Breaking into the Barcelona midfield is possibly one of the hardest tasks in modern football today. Many have tried and failed in the not so distant past - with Alex Song and Thiago Alcantara immediately springing to mind.
Now the attention has switched in the ‘can he make it’ department to 21-year-old Sergi Roberto - who has been dubbed the ‘next Xavi’ by some parts of the media.
But over the past few seasons he has still been mainly a figurehead in the Barcelona B side with just the smackerel of appearances coming here or there.
With that in mind the temptation to leave would obviously be present. Here is a highly talented young footballer who simply has no chance of playing first-team football.
With that in mind numerous teams reportedly kept tabs on him this summer - including two from the Premier League.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were the pair in question - with Andre Villas-Boas going so far as to travel and watch a Barca B game in October.
But this season the new manager Tata Martino has actually taken quite a shine to the 21-year-old - and he has already played more games this season than in any of his previous ones in Catalonia.
One such appearance came last night - where he had an excellent game in the 6-1 dismantling of Celtic.
And after the game he was quizzed about his future:
"I am happy for the match and the team victory. Playing with these team-mates is a pleasure. Any player wants to play more, but I know the team I am with and the peers that I have. They are the best in the world. I'm working everyday to give myself more opportunities. "
These do not exactly sound like the words of a man ready to quit the club - despite his £6 million release clause.
This sounds like a content and heads on young man ready to bide his time to do what the likes of Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta and co have done before him - and carry on the La Masia name.
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