Jean-Clair Todibo thinks he knows where it all went wrong for him at Barcelona. The defender arrived at the Camp Nou from Toulouse in January 2019 but is now on his third loan spell away from the club.
The Frenchman, currently at Nice, made just four appearances for Barcelona in LaLiga Santander before heading out to Schalke on loan last season.
“I lacked humility, seriousness and professionalism,” Todibo has told L’Equipe.
“I don’t know who I thought I was. I’m now doing the best that I can, not so people can say that I’ve changed but because it makes me feel good.
“I can’t pay attention to other people’s opinions in football, otherwise you quickly end up in a bad place. The only person whose opinion matters is me.”
Todibo featured only a handful of times under Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona cruised to the LaLiga Santander title in 2018/19.
“Going to Barcelona and not playing is s***,” Todibo admitted. “I didn’t help the team. I won a league title, but realistically it’s not true. I played when we’d already won the title! I’d prefer to wear a Sedan shirt and play than go to Barcelona and not play. You have fewer critics as well.”
Nice have the option to buy Todibo at the end of his loan spell this summer, with his Barcelona contract not expiring until 2023.