Ibrahim Afellay seeks Barcelona return from Schalke

Afellay seeks Barca return
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Ibrahim Afellay wants to return Barcelona once his loan deal at Schalke runs out at the end of the season.

Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has insisted that he wants to return to Barcelona at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Schalke for the 2012-13 campaign and wants to play for the Blaugrana once the deal runs out next summer.

"It is my goal to return to Barcelona," he told OnsOranje.nl. "When I look back at my time at the club, I can only be positive about it.

"We always had so much fun on the training pitch. When I returned home after a practice session, I could hardly wait for the next day. You really notice that you are improving as a player.

"I still speak with guys like Andres Iniesta and Xavi on a regular basis. They are among the best players in the world. [Lionel] Messi is the best of the best."

Afellay joined Barcelona from PSV in January 2011.

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