Kiko Femenia slammed former club Barcelona for "ruining me emotionally" after he surprisingly signed for Real Madrid’s Castilla youth side.
Femenia, 22, was released from his contract with Barcelona B on Wednesday – but Barca may have been surprised when, just hours later, Madrid confirmed they had to signed him.
The youngster was quick to tell Catalan sports site www.latdp.cat that he was delighted to have left Barcelona, saying they had "ruined" his morale by not playing him in their senior side.
"In theory I was going to be an important player for Barca, but not even for one day were they concerned about me," he said. "My objective now is to return to what I was before going to Barca. They have ruined me emotionally. They ruined my morale because I was coming from playing every game with Hercules and they changed everything for me."
The right-winger joined Barca’s youth set-up in summer 2011 at the age of 20, having already played a season in the Primera Division for Hercules. He played 62 games in two seasons for Barca B in La Segunda, scoring six times but, unlike younger colleagues such as Cristian Tello, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha Alcantara or Gerard Deulofeu, never making a breakthrough to the senior ranks.
Femenia claimed former Barca coaches Josep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova never gave him a chance.
"Last year I had to play with [the first team]," he said. "But they never even called me for one Copa game, or brought me to train with the first team."
The Alicante-born attacker added: "I have always been for Madrid," he said. "I always respected Barca, but since I was a kid I, and my family, have been Madrid fans."