Gerard Deulofeu surprised by Barcelona exit

Gerard Deulofeu
Delofeu impressed on loan at Everton last season. Credit: PA

Gerard Deulofeu admits he was surprised that Barcelona allowed him to go out on loan again after completing his switch to their Primera Division rivals Sevilla - but he is determined to make the most of his "key" year in Andalusia.

I'm very happy to be here, (new Barcelona coach) 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.

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 could be stronger with my defending, I'm going to work on that I hope that it's a better year than last, which wasn't bad but I failed to take that little step forward and I hope to be able to do it here.

I want to have a good year because it's key for my career.

– Sevilla forward Gerard Deulofeu