Barcelona starlet Alen Halilovic: Lionel Messi is a wizard

Camp Nou, Barcelona - Mes Que un Club

Alen Halilovic has spoken highly of how he's settled into life at Barcelona, while also expressing his delight at training with Lionel Messi.

Alen Halilovic didn't get to feature for Croatia last weekend, remaining on the substitutes’ bench as his international colleagues hammered Norway 5-1 in their EURO 2016 qualifier - although Barcelona colleague and mentor Ivan Rakitic did play from the start.

While back in his home country, Halilovic took the opportunity to speak with Croatian daily Jutarnji List about his experiences so far with the Catalan giants, both delighted with how he's settling in and certain that he made the right choice. He explained: "I'm really happy with every detail. Barça have provided more than I could ever have imagined when I came to Spain."

Pleased, too, that his family have adapted well to the change of countries, getting along well learning the language, Halilovic also praised the 'más que un club' (more than a club) values of Barcelona, pointing out: "At Barcelona they insist on maintaining a family atmosphere. If ever you have any problems, at the same instant, they help you with everything you need."

Of course, the 18-year-old wonderkid is also enamoured with getting to rub shoulders at the same club as Argentine star Lionel Messi, adding with excitement: "He's a wizard. The best in the world. He has extraordinary qualities, both as a player and a person. Every second I get to spend time with him, fills me with enthusiasm."

Halilovic did recently attract some negative attention, showing his dissent towards Barça B coaches when he was substituted during a match against Alcorcon. He later apologised to fans, showing that he understands he must develop a sense of responsibility to match his undoubted footballing talent.

Part of the reasoning he suggested as a cause for his frustration, is that Barça B weren't performing well in that match, or anywhere near expectations in the Segunda this season, currently second from bottom in the division and three points adrift of safety.

However, Halilovic suggested they should be able to avoid relegation to the Segunda B, taking a more positive view on what remains of the season and concluding: "I'm optimistic. There's plenty of games before the end of the season, though we must battle and believe in our success, given that we're not exactly short of talent."

Although he's made just one substitute appearance with the Barcelona first-team, in January this year during the 4-0 Copa del Rey victory at Elche, Halilovic has scored three goals in 20 outings for the B team in the Segunda, 14 of which have been in the starting eleven.

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