Barcelona outcast Jean Todibo admits he’d rather play in the French FOURTH tier over sitting on Nou Camp bench because ‘it sucks’ not playing there – and he slams the criticism Barca players receive as ‘madness’
- Jean Todibo has failed to make his mark at the Nou Camp since arriving in 2019
- Loans to Schalke, Benfica and now Nice have followed his 2019 arrival in Spain
- An option to buy lies in the Nice deal, and the defender is keen for a route out
- Todibo admits he’d rather play for minnows Sedan Ardennes than be sidelined
Jean Todibo would rather be almost anywhere over the Nou Camp sidelines, admitting he’d prefer playing French fourth division football than be starved of game time by Barcelona.
The 21-year-old centre-back almost has more loans than appearances since signing for the Catalans, playing just five games before stints at Schalke, Benfica and now Nice.
Todibo spent the first half of 2020/21 in Portugal but failed to make a single Liga NOS appearance, leading Barca to terminate the deal and pack him off to the French Riviera in January, where he’s finally playing a key role in defence.
Jean Todibo has revealed he’d rather play in the lower leagues than be sidelined at Barcelona
The talent in on-loan in Nice and finally playing a key role after poor Schalke and Benfica stints
The 21-year-old signed for Barca as a teenager in 2019 but has only made five appearances
If the Frenchman returns to LaLiga this summer Todibo has no interest in bench warming again, admitting he’d rather play for minnows Sedan Ardennes.
‘It sucks to go to Barcelona and not play. I prefer to wear the Sedan jersey and play rather than go to Barcelona and not play,’ Todibo told L’Equipe.
‘Already you have less criticism at Sedan. The presentation at Barcelona, it’s madness, but I only played five games, it’s bogus in real life.
‘I won La Liga [in 2019], but I didn’t help the team, I played when we had won the title! I think I can do better.’
Todibo has admitted the pressure Barcelona players are under has been difficult to handle
The Frenchman went on-loan to Schalke last season but the club didn’t take their option to buy
A reported £7.3m option-to-buy clause lies in the Nice agreement, a slashed price from the £21m figure Schalke passed-up on last summer.
Not that Todibo will care if it provides him an escape-route from stagnation at Barcelona.
The youngster – born two days before the 21st century began – still has plenty of potential to realise, having enticed the Catalans into a €1m signing while still a teenager in Toulouse.
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