Barcelona's Andre Gomes 'very brave' to address struggles - Ernesto Valverde

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Gomes though has told Mundo Deportivo via Ilbianconero he is not happy in Catalonia after failing to settle after joining Barcelona from Valencia in the summer of 2016 for £41.7million. With pressure I feel fine, but with pressure on myself, I don't.

It leads me to feel ashamed and sometimes I feel that I can not leave the house due to the shame and due to people looking at me. The Camp Nou is Europe's ultimate footballing theatre, but it is an unforgiving place to fluff your lines.

Gomes was booed last week when he came off the bench for Barca as they defeated title rivals Atletico Madrid to all but seal first place. "It annoys me when they say that I can do a lot of good things because I ask myself why I'm not doing them".

"Thinking too much has hurt me". It's like I feel ashamed.

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"I know my playing staff and Andre is someone I am close to, and it is also my position to help him both on a professional and personal level". I don't talk to anybody. I think about the bad things and what I have to do. "As people in the football world, we are often careful not to reveal our insecurities or weaknesses, so it was a very courageous act". It's something which has happened to most of us. Stigma permeates the game: in the dressing room, where Gareth Southgate said England players do not open up for fear of "showing weakness in front of each other"; in the stands, where Scottish League Two player David Cox faced taunts of "Do it right this time" after attempting suicide; and in the media, where the idea that high-earners should suffer less still persists.

Valverde said Gomes is able to start in the Champions League against Chelsea this week if selected with Philippe Coutinho cup-tied and a late decision to be made over Andres Iniesta's fitness. "We have done as much as possible to help him".

"It's down to the player to go out there and work hard to show his qualities".

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