Spain starlet leaves door open for Barcelona return to disappoint Man Utd

Date published: Sunday 17th November 2019 6:16 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester United midfield target Dani Olmo has hinted that he would like to return to Barcelona or another La Liga club.

Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Olmo was one of the breakout stars of this year’s Under-21 European Championships, in which his Spain side emerged victorious.

The attacking midfielder has since been linked with a range of top clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

However, in an interview with Sport, he has revealed that he may disappoint any Premier League suitors by moving back to Spain.

Olmo has spent his entire professional career in Croatia with Dinamo, but spent seven years in the academy setup at Barcelona. And having made an impression for the national team – scoring three minutes into his senior debut in November – there are rumours he could return to his homeland.


“I hope I can come back, but we’ve just started the season really well,” the 21-year-old said.

“We’re doing well in the Champions League. There are two games left and we depend on ourselves to get through. There’s a lot of work to be done.

“The Champions League is a shop window for all young players, especially if you’re in a smaller league like Croatia.”

Having made the most of his chances to attract the top clubs, Olmo remained coy when asked about links with a Barcelona return.

“We will see what happens,” he said.

“I don’t close the door on any club, but I’m a Dinamo player, what happens with Dinamo, we will see.

“Barcelona’s style: touch, movement – that’s added to what I have learned in Croatia.

“They’ve made me the player I am now.”

Asked what has been added to his game in Croatia, Olmo – who is rated in the €40m bracket – referred to an English way of playing, which may give some optimism to some fans hoping to see him in the Premier League.

“More physical play, box to box, as they call it in England. The style is more direct. Thanks to that I am a little more direct and not so conservative.”



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