Carles Alena has revealed why he decided to leave Barcelona and join Real Betis on loan for the rest of the season.
The midfielder made the switch this winter and says the lack of game time at the Camp Nou made him decide pretty early on it was time to move on.
“I left because I could see it was tough to (play regularly) at Barcelona. The coach told me that he trusted me, that I could play.
“But then, in October, November, I had many games without being called-up and decided that I wanted to leave. It is true that in the last month I played more, but the decision had already been made.
“I don’t know if Valverde was surprised or not. I know I told him that I wanted to come to Betis, what I didn’t think was that it would happen this fast. In summer there was Betis interest, but it did not work out and in December I knew that I wanted to come to Betis.”
Alena also said that he always got goosebumps whenever he came to the Benito Villamarín Stadium and is hoping for “six months of glory” during his stay.
He made his debut for the club as a substitute in their 1-1 draw with Alaves and will be hoping to make his first La Liga start when the team play Sociedad on January 19.