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Chelsea fullback Marc Cucurella: Leaving Barcelona among best decisions of my life

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Chelsea signing Marc Cucurella believes leaving Barcelona was one of the best decisions of his life.

The Spanish left-back moved to Getafe after coming through the ranks at Barca, eventually moving to Brighton and then Chelsea this summer in a deal worth £62million.

He told football.london: "Of course, it's difficult because in my case, I had always stayed in Barcelona, my family is always here. It's difficult to change to another city, another club, and the style is different.

"I understood I needed to go one step down to play a lot of minutes and play well. I think it was a long time - maybe four or five years – I stayed at maybe not the biggest clubs.

"But in my mind, I always focused on playing, and maybe one day I would have the opportunity [to sign with a big club].

"I think maybe one of the best decisions in my life was leaving Barcelona to join maybe smaller teams. They give me opportunities. Maybe if I didn't leave, I would have stayed on the bench for a long time and I never come here [to Chelsea]."

Marc Cucurella has revealed he was on the radar of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel during his days at Barcelona's academy.

The Spanish left-back moved to Chelsea from Brighton this summer in a deal worth

"Thomas saw me when I played in the Barcelona academy, then at Eibar and Getafe," Cucurella told football.london. "I didn't know this but he told me on my first day. I was very surprised. It's good for me because they saw me in different teams and this is good for me to take more opportunities here.

"I am very happy because when I arrived, I feel the group is very unified, with a good atmosphere. All the players are happy and this is good because I had never been in [a first-team squad] at a big club. I was maybe a little bit nervous in the first days. But I think the atmosphere was really good, just normal people.

"The quality of the players is so high, the training is really good. And after, in the games, like last Sunday [against Tottenham] I see all the players run. So if I fail, another player will help me. When the teammates help each other in the team, these are the teams that win trophies."

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