Barcelona full-back Douglas has told reporters for the Spanish editorial AS that he wants to remain at the Nou Camp despite experiencing a disappointing debut campaign.
The Brazilian star joined the Catalans from Sao Paulo last summer but went on to make one La Liga appearance, prompting plenty of speculation over his future at the club.
With Dani Alves staying and the likes of Marc Bartra and Adriano capable of providing competition, Douglas is expected to find first-team opportunities hard to come by once again this season.
However, at 24, the Goias youngster still has plenty of time to make an impact and he told reporters for AS on Wednesday that he intends to stay at the Nou Camp for quite some time yet.
“I don’t want to leave Barcelona. Last season, more than anything else it was a series of injuries which stopped me from integrating into the team,” Douglas explained.
“I’m feeling good, I’m relaxed. I know that I can get to where I want to be with my game and I feel at home with Barça. I know that I have to improve; the coach has told me that he wants to see the player I showed myself to be in Brazil.”
While a new long-term Dani Alves replacement was needed, the signing of Douglas took many by surprise and he didn’t exactly endear himself to the club’s supporters during his debut campaign.
However, he proved with Sao Paulo that he has huge amounts of potential to become a top player, and Barcelona should stick by him for at least another campaign to see how he progresses.