The striker has given a farewell press conference at which he made it clear he is going to Roma in search of happiness, saying “I am 20 years old and I want to continue demonstrating what I couldn’t here”.
There were plenty of emotions at the Ciutat Esportiva for Bojan Krkic’s departure speech.
He is leaving Barça for Roma
and said, “I want to be happy about football again. I am 20 years old and I want to
continue demonstrating what I couldn’t here … my dream was to triumph at Barça, but I
am happy that another club has given me the chance to triumph”.
With respect to his new contract, Bojan is pleased about the clause for Barça to buy him back
in two year’s time. “I am leaving one great club for another and both parties have an
interest. So, I’m happy about that”.
With tears in his eyes, he said that this is “the most bittersweet moment in many years
at the club” and was grateful to Puyol and Xavi for being there at Sant Joan Despí (along
with director Jordi Mestre and sports director Andoni Zubizarreta). “I have been here twelve
years, eleven at a top level. Especially this last year there has been a lack of confidence in me,
I didn’t get much continuity, and that hurts but I also aware of things and consider myself
privileged to have been part of such a magnificent team. These were four great years. I take away
the positive aspects”, he said.
Some of his fondest memories have been “living together with colleagues, the cup final,
my debut for Barça, my debut at the Camp Nou and my first goal,” while his less pleasant
memories include “the many times they haven’t been fair with me and that’s one of
the reasons why I have decided to leave. One of the last resorts was not getting to play in the
final at Wembley.” But Bojan insisted that “I don’t want any controversy with
Guardiola, I don’t want to speak badly about him. As a Barça member I consider him to be the
best possible coach, although personally there are many things I don’t agree with”.
“Visca el Barça i visca la Roma!”
His final words were for the fans. “I want to thank all the people who have treated me
so well for nine years here, all the youth players and the first team players, the media, the fans
… without them I couldn’t have continued.” And to end: “I will always
support Barça, I am sad to be leaving the club, but I’m very happy to be going to Roma, they
have demonstrated a lot to me this last month. I hope to bring them a lot of joy. Long live Barça
and long live Roma!”