The 19-year-old full-back signed for the Catalan giants in the final week of the transfer window and has already made his first squad debut for Ronald Koeman’s team.

Sergino loves challenges

Sergino Dest is committed to learning from the best in the business at Barcelona. The 19-year-old full-back signed for the Catalan giants in the final week of the transfer window and has already made his first squad debut for Ronald Koeman’s team. Many young players are making a move to Camp Nou to work alongside some of the best players in the world like Lionel Messi, and Dest was undoubtedly one of them. “I love challenges,” Dest told reporters. “I will develop in this club because I will see what I have to improve the most. It is a big challenge, but that is what motivates me to play with the best in the world. It is what I wanted and dreamed of. I should take the possibility to learn from these players. The best in the world is here, Lionel Messi, and I can learn from them.”

The American feels the pressure in a good way

“I feel that if you are in Spain, it is easier to learn Spanish. So if I am with the best footballers, it is easier to develop.” Dest is the first USA international to play for Barcelona in the LaLiga. “I feel the pressure not in a bad way, but in a good way,” Dest added. “I’m the first American to have been in the Barcelona team, so I’m proud of that. But I don’t only want to be number one. I want to do something great at this club and I will work hard for that. I want to achieve big things at this club”. To play for the US national team, the defender denied the chance to represent his native Netherlands, who were coached by Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman. “It was not embarrassing at all,” said Dest.

 

“At the time I was choosing between the Netherlands and the US, I just told him honestly that I didn’t want to play for the Netherlands and I want to continue playing for the US team. It’s not his fault, so we keep on good terms. After a while, he called my agent and asked me if there was still a chance that you could play here and I was ready to play in this great club, and when we first met after that, it felt natural.”