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Busquets: I want to play in the Premier League

ESPN staff
February 23, 2015
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Sergio Busquets has suggested he is tired of Spanish football as he revealed his ambition to one day leave Barcelona for the Premier League.

Busquets, 26, is one of the most coveted defensive midfielders in the game, having risen through the ranks at Barcelona to become among the best in the world in the position. He has always claimed he wants to stay at the Camp Nou, but admitted that a future move to England could be a possibility as he prepares to face Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"I envy everything. I admire the Premier League for the quality and style of football," he told The Guardian. "Maybe after years playing the same style you tire of it, and football there is very different.

Sergio Busquets says the Premier League excites him © Getty Images

"Stadiums are full, pitches are good, the press is different, people are different, the football culture is different. Everyone talks highly of England and I'd like to experience it one day. You see more space, more opportunity to enjoy your football.

"It's more physical, more intense, but I think I'd be comfortable. I can't say I'll definitely play there because things change and I've always said I want to stay here for many years, but I'd like the experience."

The Spain international has received plenty of praise over the years from the likes of Johan Cruyff, who said he was "a gift for any manager", Pep Guardiola, who called him "priceless", and current boss Luis Enrique has spoken about him as "almost perfect".

He would not be short of suitors in England and Busquets thinks his style could suit the Premier League.

"English football's more about intensity, physicality. Here it's more tactical," he explains. "The pivot is more about being tactically astute than physically dominant: thinking, calculating, offering solutions, defensively and offensively. Control everything.

"Positioning is key. Barcelona's style means that defensively you deal mainly with counter-attacks - not stopping them, preventing them. If you defend high, it's a long way back towards your own goal, so you need to prevent those breaks."

Busquets also revealed that he very much enjoys the game he plays, and that he is happy for others in the Barcelona team to take the spotlight.

"I don't want people talking about me, for good or bad. I don't do many interviews. I don't have Twitter," he added. "As kids we'd be forever shooting at dad [the then Barcelona goalkeeper, Carles] and I started as a striker. But I eventually became a pivote, the position I like most and best suits my characteristics.

"Forwards get the plaudits and goals are football's essence. But I'm not selfish like that, I don't long for praise or the lead role.

"I'd rather the strikers scored [than me]; they live off goals. I don't care. If I did, I wouldn't play in this position. I love my role, I love the job I do."

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