Gerard Deulofeu's last return to Barcelona didn't have a happy ending. Deulofeu and Rafinha both returned in 2014-15 after loan spells away from the club, but just a few weeks later, after beginning pre-season with Luis Enrique's side, the former was looking for an exit.
On that occasion, Deulofeu left on loan for Sevilla, frustrated at not getting a first team opportunity with Barça. This time the scenario is different (he has been promised a first team place) but he does not want a backup role with hardly any minutes.
Therefore, his agents have worked on the final details of his contract with the club and the objective is for an exit to be facilitated in the case he doesn't play. In other words: if doesn't get regular football under Ernesto Valverde, the club won't make a move difficult.
The winger has had offers this summer from sides who would give him a key role, but in the end he's taken a chance on returning to Barça to fulfill his dream. The Blaugrana have re-signed him for 12 million euros and he will have a contract until 2019.