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Former Catalan believes Barca are straying away from their philosophy

The Venezuela international insists the La Liga leaders should go back to relying more on their academy.

Former Barcelona striker Jeffrén Suárez believes the Catalans are not as committed to using homegrown talents as they used to be in the past. The 29-year-old came exactly though Barca’s youth system, appearing for the first team at the age of 18 back in 2006. Jeffrén, however, struggled with playing time at Camp Nou and joined Sporting CP in 2011 for that very reason.

The Venezuelan spoke to Marca and reflected on his decision to leave the Catalans.

“We all know that leaving Barcelona is a radical change. It’s like coming back to reality.

“At first it was not easy, but one has to change the chip. Barcelona is a top team and the other teams are good, but they will never be Barcelona.”

The forward then added that the Blaugrana are slowly going away from their own philosophy, insisting that the La Liga leaders have to change that and go back to their roots.

“Lately that philosophy is being lost, I think that the majority of the teams make signings and Barcelona have to make them, too,” he added.

“It’s a shame because we know that Barcelona have always taken players from the academy and I think that’s why there are players who make the decision to continue their career elsewhere.

“They bet more on outside players now.”