Gerard Deulofeu "surprised" to have left Barcelona on loan

Gerard Deulofeu admits that he was surprised that Barcelona manager Luis Enrique allowed him to leave on loan to La Liga rivals Sevilla for the 2014-15 season.

Gerard Deulofeu has admitted that he was surprised that Barcelona manager Luis Enrique allowed him to go out on loan to their La Liga rivals Sevilla.

The 20-year-old winger spent last season at Everton and had been tipped to return to the Camp Nou first-team fold this season after impressing in the Premier League.

However, Enrique, who was appointed as head coach of the Catalan giants earlier this summer, informed him that he would not be getting regular football this campaign and Deulofeu is now focused on continuing his development at the Europa League champions.

He said at his official presentation: "I was surprised by the decision that the manager took, but I'm going to enjoy this year very much. I want to focus on Sevilla.

"I'm very happy to be here. Luis Enrique told me that I wouldn't be playing, and from the first moment I had my mind set on coming to Sevilla.

"It's a very good club, I have high expectations and hopefully we can have a great year together."

Deulofeu scored four goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees last campaign.

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu in action against Real Betis during a friendly match on August 11, 2013
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