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I would lose my mind! - Deulofeu not thinking about Barcelona return logo 22-03-2017

Gerard Deulofeu says he would lose his mind if he began to think about the prospect of returning to Barcelona.

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The winger joined AC Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and has made an impressive start to his Serie A career to earn a recall to Spain's squad for the matches against Israel and France.

Deulofeu, 23, has immediately settled with Vincenzo Montella's side, but it is Barca - who maintain a €12million option to buy the player from Everton as part of his 2015 Camp Nou exit - who will determine his long-term future.

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And rumours of a Camp Nou return were fuelled this week when Robert Fernandez, the Catalans' technical secretary, welcomed Deulofeu's form, stating that holding an option to re-sign him is a positive thing for Barca.

"Barcelona's interest? I expected that question!" Deulofeu told reporters.

"It is great to hear these things, but if I didn't think in the present I would lose my mind.

"In football, I have learned to forget the past, think about the present and the future will come as it may - thinking about it would be a mistake.

"Currently I'm on loan at Milan, I'm owned by Everton and Barca have a buyback option. Right now I'm only thinking about Milan and the Spanish national team."

Deulofeu welcomed the positive impact his move to Milan has had on his career.

He continued: "If I had not accepted Milan then I definitely wouldn't have been called to the national team.

"It is a great club and right now I am not thinking about anything else. I am very happy at Milan, the coach and his staff have given me a lot of confidence and I'm also happy with the relationship with my team-mates.

"When I learned of the interest from Milan I didn't think twice about it. If I'm in this form then it is thanks to the trust everyone at Milan has placed in me."

Deulofeu only has one Spain cap - picked up in May 2014 - and is relishing the chance to return under Julen Lopetegui.

"I'm a more intelligent and consistent player over 90 minutes," he said.

"I am now preparing for matches much better beyond training and I have found the consistency Lopetegui and I were after.

"It was a big surprise to get the call and it makes me very proud to be with the national team. I want to help them."

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