Espanyol forward Martin Braithwaite discussed life at Barcelona under Xavi Hernández in an interview with Ekstra Bladet.
On the situation with the club
“Did I take it as bullying? I don’t really know. But I think it’s important to always think about other people’s mental health. I know how things work in this world. Unfortunately, football is also a business. But fortunately, I also have some experience, which means that you don’t always have to be emotionally involved in these things. In many ways, I can only smile a little bit because of all the things that have happened behind the spotlight,” he said in quotes picked up by AS.
Role at Barça
“I have nothing negative to say about my time at Barcelona. I think I have disproved a lot of critics. I was top scorer last season before I got injured. But then there was a change of coach, he wanted something else, and that’s part of football. But I have shown that I have the level to play at Barcelona.”
Relationship with Xavi
“I’ve known him for a long time, he didn’t believe in me and I had to leave Barcelona. That’s why I only took a week’s holiday. I took my physical trainer to the United States where I worked out twice a day. Yes, we almost slept in the same bed, so my wife was not entirely happy! So I am even more pleased that the hard work I did before the move is now paying off. But I didn’t expect it to go so well from the first game.”