Kevin-Prince Boateng has admitted he thought he was going to Espanyol when his agent told him they were travelling to Barcelona.
The 32-year-old forward made one of the surprise moves of the January transfer window when he made a loan move to the Nou Camp from Italian side Sassuolo.
Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed how surprised he was by joining Barcelona in January
‘[The transfer to Barcelona] went also very fast for me. I just have the best agent in the world,’ he told Goal.
‘He called me one day and said, “you have to play well against Inter, someone is watching.” But he didn’t tell me who is watching.
‘Even Roberto De Zerbi, my coach at Sassuolo, came to me before the match and said I had to play well because the game was very important. So I had pressure from all sides.
The 32-year-old suggested he had expected to be joining city rivals Espanyol in the window
‘But under pressure I play best. I was the best man on the pitch and after the game my agent came to me and said, “we’re going to Barcelona.”
‘I thought he meant Espanyol. But he immediately said, “no, the right ones.” That was incredible. I could not believe it until the sporting director called me.’
Boateng has made just three appearances for Barcelona since making the temporary switch.
He is likely to be part of the squad when Liverpool visit Barcelona on Wednesday night in their Champions League semi-final.
Boateng has primarily provided back-up to Lionel Messi (third right) and Luis Suarez