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Traore: Gangs tried to recruit me during Barcelona childhood

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Adama Traore is doing well for Wolves but claimed things could have been much different if he gave in to violence while at Barcelona.

Adama Traore has been well talked about in an impressive season for Wolves but claimed it wasn’t always smooth going.

The Spaniard was brought up in the suburbs of Barcelona and says he had to remain focused in a time where gangs and violence were quite popular.

Being the son of an immigrant parent in Barcelona, Traore claims his childhood was difficult but he was determined to be a footballer.

When asked whether gangs had tried to recruit him, the Wolves star told AS: “Yes, a lot of times. Me, my brother, a Dominican friend, everyone. At that time, being part of a gang was something that made you popular.”

“But we had a different mentality. We wanted to be footballers, not part of some gang. You saw fights almost every day and we didn’t want to fight.”

“Of course, I was in fights [anyway]. There were gangs in the school I went to. They fought each other constantly. I saw guns, fights with bats, knives, bottles… everything”

Traore joined Barcelona’s academy in 2004 and played predominantly for the B team before moving to Aston Villa in 2015 at the age of 19.

The 24-year-old has impressed for Wolves this season, scoring four goals and notching up seven assists.