Ruben Rochina has revealed why he left Barcelona for Blackburn Rovers back in 2011

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Former Blackburn Rovers attacker Ruben Rochina has explained why he chose to swap the Nou Camp for Ewood Park back in 2011.

Rochina was considered one of the most promising young players to have emerged out of Barcelona’s famed ‘La Masia’ academy a couple of years ago and many had touted the attacking midfielder to break into the first team following his exploits for the Barcelona ‘B’ side.

Quite surprisingly though, Rochina decided to leave the bright lights of Barcelona without even making a single first team appearance and joined Blackburn Rovers in 2011, who were playing in the Premier League at the time.

Rochina did not enjoy the best of spells at Blackburn and with the club going through a downward spiral under controversial owners Venkys, the Spaniard decided to make a move back to Spain in 2013.

The 25-year old is now plying his trade for La Liga outfit Granada and in a candid interview with Spanish publication, Sport, he has revealed that friction with then Barcelona B manager Luis Enrique over his extravagant choice of cars as well as a lucrative offer from Blackburn were the reason behind his move to England five years ago.

Rochina said: "He (Enrique) talked to me and gave me advice as coach. He did it with good intentions. I replied that I really liked cars and did not know if tomorrow I could buy another one like it.

"I have very good memories. When I left, I had an offer to renew my contract, but Blackburn's offer was very good."

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