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Espanyol striker Braithwaite insists no grudge against Barcelona


Espanyol striker Martin Braithwaite says leaving Barcelona this summer wasn't a surprise.

The Dane left Barca for Espanyol in August amid a row over his contract.

"It was something obvious, after my injury I wasn't playing or getting minutes with the team. I didn't need to hear from anyone. It was just a natural thing, an unspoken agreement that I had to look for something else. But I'm a positive person and I'm in a good position at Espanyol," he explained.

"People see it in different ways but I'm happy with the experience. I have great memories and met good people. I can only say good things about my time at Barça.

"I'm very happy to be here. It has been a great start. It was the best project for me and they made me feel that they wanted me. At the same time staying in Barcelona and keeping the family happy. It was the best package."

On the change from playing for Barça to going to their arch-rivals, he said: "I didn't think much about it: it's part of football. It's a funny thing for people outside but for me, it was about making the best decision for me. I'm happy to be in a team where I can feel useful and important. I'm in a process of adapting to my new teammates and giving what the coach is looking for. It's important to think game by game."

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