Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has discussed his on-field problems and said that he ‘feels too ashamed to leave the house’.
The Portuguese’s arrival at the Camp Nou from Valencia two seasons back came under heavy scrutiny, mainly because of the hefty price tag of £50m and other options in the Barca squad at the time.
The 24-year-old’s transfer fee, matched with some indifferent form and constant links to an exit, have seen him become dismayed at life in the Catalan capital, whilst the club’s fans have been heard to throw criticism towards the midfielder during games.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde attempted to silence the Camp Nou in last week’s game against Atletico Madrid after Gomes replaced Andres Iniesta, but the former Valencia man has now spoken about his current situation.
“I do not feel good playing…I’m not enjoying what I do,” Gomes revealed to Panenka.
“My friends tell me I am playing with the hand brake on and I know this is true, and it is bothering me why I cannot step it up from there.
“Things changed after my first six months and there was more pressure, which is fine but I’m too self-critical of myself…I’m a perfectionist and cannot tolerate my mistakes, it has become a hell…maybe that is not the right word.
“I cannot shake negative moments out of my head and it impacts on my performances and I am thinking too much.
“It leads me to feel ashamed and sometimes I feel that I cannot leave the house due to the shame and due to people looking at me.”
Gomes featured in Barca’s win over Malaga at the weekend, helping the Catalan side to a 2-0 victory, whilst he is in the squad to face Chelsea this Wednesday in the Champions League.
Interest from the likes of Manchester United and former club Valencia are present in Spanish media, and it is also thought that Arthur’s pending move to the Camp Nou from Brazilian side Gremio – could see the Portugal international be shipped out this summer.