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Everton defender Yerry Mina: Why I had to leave Barcelona

Everton defender Yerry Mina admits he had to leave Barcelona for a regular game.

Mina spent six months with the Catalans before leaving for Everton.

"I don't regret going there because I learned a lot. I improved as a person and as a player," admitted Mina to Marca.

"I thought about a lot of things. I thought maybe I was finished. It got so bad that Paulinho and Coutinho kept coming over to me and saying: 'Relax, everything is going to be okay'. That motivates you but, at the same time, demotivates you as well. You always want to play and be involved.

"I understood they had incredible players but I also wanted to have a bit of playing time. But I didn't get it. And those few minutes I did get out on the pitch.. I played badly. I felt like everything was bringing me down, that nothing was going right, that I couldn't even make a pass in training.

"I spent so long training to keep fit and be ready but it wasn't like that. Everything you do when you aren't the chosen one, at whatever club you're at, is a very tough situation. I gave everything at Barcelona, trained hard, trained with the first team most of the time."

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