Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Life at FC Barcelona has become bit of a hell: Andre Gomes

Life at FC Barcelona has become bit of a hell: Andre Gomes

Barcelona midfielder, Andre Gomes, has disclosed that he's hating his time at the Nou Camp because it has turned into a bit of a hell.

The Portugal global moved to the Nou Camp from Valencia in 2016 but has really struggled to get going and nail down a starting place.

Although coach Ernesto Valverde and his predecessor Luis Enrique have defended Gomes, the 24-year-old is regularly criticised in the media and whistled by his own supporters.

Speaking to Panenka magazine, he said: "Maybe it's not the best word but (life at Barca) has become a bit of a hell, because I started to feel the pressure". I feel comfortable around my teammates. I can not shake negative moments out of my head and it impacts on my performances and I am thinking too much. "Although my team mates support me a lot, things don't go for me how they want them to go".

It leads me to feel ashamed and sometimes I feel that I can not leave the house due to the shame and due to people looking at me. Because people look at you, having the fear of going on the street out of shame.

However, in nearly two seasons with Barca, under first Luis Enrique and now Ernesto Valverde as coach, Gomes has struggled to repeat the form that persuaded Barca to pay that transfer fee.

Valverde said Gomes is able to start in the Champions League against Chelsea this week if selected with Philippe Coutinho cup-tied and a late decision to be made over Andres Iniesta's fitness.

"Obviously there are days that I feel a little low on confidence, and in training it is noticeable".

"I close myself off ... So, what I do is I don't talk to anyone, I don't annoy anyone", said the former Benfica midfielder. I don't take the frustration I have out.

Gomes, who has failed to score and has just one assist in 25 appearances in all competitions this term, was linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea in the summer before he moved from the Mestalla.

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