Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore has revealed he would like to play in La Liga again at some point in his career.
The La Masia graduate started his career with Barcelona before making the move to these shores with Aston Villa in 2015.
Speaking to Wolves’ official media team , the 23-year-old reflected on his time at the Nou Camp, mingling with true greats of the modern game.
“My memories from Barcelona are amazing,” he said.
I trained and played with the best players in the world. It was an amazing experience and I will have it in my heart all the time.
“Messi, Iniesta, Neymar, Sanchez, Xavi, Puyol, Mascherano, Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, all these players were amazing and I learnt a lot from them – they helped me become a better player.
“I was substituted on for Neymar who has been amazing. I’ll always have this memory because it was my first game and I was replacing one of the best players.
“I learnt a lot from this game and I’d like to one day play in La Liga again. I did have some action and I did OK. It was at Camp Nou so of course it was nice to feel the atmosphere.”
Upon leaving Catalonia, he was signed by Villa, his only full season on B6 ended with the ignominy of relegation, but Traore claims it was mistakes from the decision makers that spelled disaster for the club.
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“It was not the best time because we were relegated and had too many managers. I think it’s experience that you learn from and keep going.
“The tough times make you stronger. It was my first time in England and it started good, but I got a few injuries and we changed managers.”
After a tough spell in the Midlands it was under Tony Pulis that Traore finally realised his potential, doing enough to earn a move to Wolves that at the time, was a record breaking one. The Spaniard enjoyed a close relationship with the former Boro boss and he still holds a lot of affection for the Welshman.
“Middlesbrough were better memories because I played more, if any player is playing games he’s happy,” he added. “I had a very good experience there, the manager trusted me, Tony Pulis.
“I thank him because he helped me, if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be at Wolves, so I appreciate him a lot.”
His first season at Molineux ended a frustrating one, after opening his account in the club’s first win, over West Ham in September, he failed to register another strike.
Traore will now hope that his first pre-season under Nuno Espirito Santo, twinned with the additional workload the Europa League will provide, will help to finally establish himself as a Wolves regular.