Gameiro explains why he snubbed Barcelona to join Atletico when Catalans were interested
- Barca were really close to signing the Frenchman back in 2016.
- Gameiro says that their interest was really flattering.
- However, he knew that with Messi, Suarez and Neymar in attack he woudn'thave many minutes.
- This is why he joined Atletico.
Valencia veteran striker Kevin Gameiro looks back at the summer of 2016 when he has almost joined Barcelona from Sevilla. There was one decisive factor back then that made him choose Atletico Madrid instead.
"When Barca is interested in you, it's good for self-esteem," admitted the Frenchman in the interview to Diario Sport.
"All players dream of this type of club. Think about your ambitions, what you want to do with your career. I wanted to play. With the attack they had, I knew that I wouldn't play much."
As a result, Gameiro went to Atletico instead where he spent two seasons before going to Valencia. Curiously, he scored in the Copa del Rey final this summer, helping Los Che beat the Catalans and win the trophy.