La Masia graduate Dani Olmo, who currently plies his trade for Dinamo Zagreb, has refused to rule out a potential return to Barcelona in the future.
According to an exclusive report from Spanish publication Sport, Dani Olmo is open to a return to Barcelona in the future. The Dinamo Zagreb star has been impressive for his club. But, the La Masia graduate is not closing the doors on a potential return to Barcelona despite stating that he is happy at Dinamo Zagreb.
Dani Olmo was one of several stars that left La Masia in search of a faster track to regular first-team football. Joining Dinamo Zagreb in 2014 for a negligible fee, the player broke into the first-team setup in 2015 and has never looked back since.
Now an established member of the squad, Olmo has been in good form this season, with 4 goals and 7 assists to his name so far. The player is already an Under-21 international for Spain and is likely to be on the doorstep of being called up to the senior team in the near future.
Barcelona came back into the frame in November. But, the Catalans were joined by arch-rivals Real Madrid in pursuit of the versatile attacker.
The defending La Liga champions are looking to revamp their attack to an extent. Ousmane Dembele, Malcom, Rafinha and Philippe Coutinho are the only wide attackers with the quality to be regular for Barcelona at the moment. But, Rafinha is being linked with a move away from the club.
Also, the midfield department is set to be depleted, with Denis Suarez also tipped to depart the club. Dani Olmo has the ability to play in an attacking midfield role while also being a handy customer out wide on either flank. To add to it, Olmo is a product of the La Masia academy and as has often been the case with graduates that leave early on, Barcelona are keen to have their academy star return to the club.
Dani Olmo reflected upon the prospect of returning to Barcelona, stating that it would be a dream for him to don the Blaugrana jersey, all while maintaining that it is not in his hands and that he is happy and enjoying his football at Dinamo Zagreb.
“Barça is a team that I will always carry inside me. I played there for seven years and I have a special affection for the club so why not [return one day], I would like to but we will see what the future holds. They’re one of the best clubs in the world. Who would not want to weat the Barça shirt. I am not closing any door on Barça or any other club right now. ”
“But I don’t get involved in subjects to do with my future, it’s for my agent and my father. It doesn’t interest me that much, either. I am focused on playing football.”
Valued at around €25 million according to reports, it will be interesting to see whether Barcelona do move to bring Olmo back in the near future. Real Madrid also lurk, waiting to pounce. But, the aforementioned statements do clear up where Olmo’s priorities lie.