Conrad de la Fuente left Barcelona this summer to join Marseille in Ligue 1, but Wenger has admitted he wants to return to Camp Nou. The United States international revealed that the only reason he left the Spanish club was to accelerate his progress with regular senior football.
The 20-year-old joined Barcelona in 2013 and rose through the ranks at the famous La Masia Academy. De La Fuente played for the Barcelona B squad last season, but was aware that despite traveling with Ronald Koeman’s team during the previous campaign, there was no guarantee of regular play time with the first team.
The Florida-born forward wanted to play first-team football, which saw him accept a League 1 club offer earlier this summer. De la Fuente revealed that there were many offers on the table, but he chose Marseille as a club to continue his progress.
“I’m a passionate person, so it wasn’t hard for me to leave,” de la Fuente said. As referenced on ESPN.. “My goal is to finish playing for Barcelona one day, and I know the best way to do that was to get out of there, because I need to get the first division minutes.”
“I had some good offers – I chose to go to Marseille. The best thing I could do for my development was to start getting professional minutes early, to progress as a player and hopefully one day Barcelona I’ll be back. “
Barcelona agreed to sell the forward to Marseille for million 3 million, which helped the club raise funds this summer. De la Fuente has signed a contract with the French organization until 2025 and has made five appearances in League 1 for the registration of two assists.
Marseille have made a strong start to the season and are currently second behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain. George Sampoli’s side are unbeaten despite winning four of their five matches and drawing the second.