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Emerson Royal ‘hurt’ by exit

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Tottenham deadline day signing Emerson Royal has opened up on his short tenure at Barcelona, admitting that he was ‘hurt’ by the way the club dealt with him this summer.

The full-back had initially joined Barca as part of a co-ownership deal with Real Betis in 2019, before La Blaugrana exercised an option to sign the player outright for an additional £12.6m this summer.

However, after making just three appearances for the club – two of which came from the bench – Emerson was swiftly sold on deadline day to Tottenham Hotspur for £21.5m.

Speaking to Marca following his second move of the summer, Emerson admitted that he believed the club wanted to keep him: “I thought the club wanted me to stay. I played on Sunday as a starter, the next day I woke up and went to training relaxed.

“There I already started to see that there were many things, that Tottenham spoke with Barcelona, that they had almost done it. I didn’t understand anything that was happening because I didn’t know anything.

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