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Deulofeu's Barcelona ambition

Gerard Deulofeu hopes to break through at Barcelona, dealing a blow to Everton's hopes of agreeing a permanent transfer.

The 20-year-old winger has impressed during a season-long loan at Goodison Park, making 29 appearances in all competitions and netting four goals.

Everton had hoped there would be a chance of bringing the youngster back for 2014/15, either on another short-term deal or on a full-time basis.

Deulofeu has, however, expressed a desire to make the grade at the Nou Camp and is now waiting on Barcelona to make a decision on his future.

He told RAC 1: "I would like to return to Barca and this is my first option.

"I feel very happy with the season I have had at Everton and have great respect for Barcelona. I also know I have to wait until the end of the season and then we will see what happens.

"Now I have had a year on loan at Everton I am waiting to be told something. Nobody has said anything to me."

For now, Deulofeu must make do with being a spectator, with a return to Catalunya planned on Saturday as he takes in Barcelona's La Liga title decider with Atletico Madrid.

He added: "I would not miss the game. I do miss the Nou Camp and being on the pitch.

"I am optimistic. We can win the league on the last day, although it will be very difficult. But Barca are favourites to win at home.

"What this team has done in the last few years has been incredible. You have to understand the demands of playing for Barca because the expectation is for Barca to always win."