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'I would not mind substitute role at Barcelona'

The attacker is keen on a return to Camp Nou even if he will not be a starter.

The 28-year-old has scored 27 goals over his last two Liga seasons at Celta.
The 28-year-old has scored 27 goals over his last two Liga seasons at Celta.

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CELTA VIGO FORWARD Nolito has made it clear that he is willing to accept a role on the bench at Barcelona if his proposed transfer to Camp Nou goes through.

The 28-year-old has scored 27 goals over his last two Liga seasons at Celta — the first under current Barca coach Luis Enrique — and he has been touted as the man to replace Pedro at the Catalans.

The Spain international’s departure has increased speculation Nolito could take his place at Barca and the forward has admitted he is keen on a move even if there is no guarantee he will get regular first-team action.

“Celta are in charge,” he told Radio Marca. “There’s a release clause and if Barca really want me, they will have to speak to my club.

“Playing there [regularly at Barca] would be difficult, but even if you play less, playing for Barcelona gives you lots of things.

“Celta is my home, but if I go to Barca, it’ll be because I think it’s best.

“If it were about money, I wouldn’t be here anymore. I’ve had offers to earn more, but Barca are the champions of La Liga and the Champions League.”

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With Barca currently unable to register players due to a transfer embargo, Nolito would have to join Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan on the sidelines until January if the move happens.

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