Barca v Ajax

Barcelona return excites Bojan Krkic

September 16, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Ajax forward Bojan Krkic says he is excited about returning to the Camp Nou for Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener.

Bojan Krkic joined Ajax on loan for the 2013-14 season after two seasons in Italy.
GettyImagesBojan Krkic joined Ajax on loan for the 2013-14 season after two seasons in Italy.

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Bojan came through the ranks at Barcelona, becoming the youngest player to reach 100 games for the club before fading out of the first team picture under former coach Pep Guardiola.

He was sold to Roma in 2011, then spent last year's campaign on loan at Milan -- who are also in the same group. Barca exercised their buy-back clause this summer but chose to loan him out again, this time to Ajax.

The La Masia graduate, 23, told Mundo Deportivo that facing two of his former teams would be difficult but should be viewed as something positive for both him and Ajax.

"The draw neither made me happy nor bothered me," Bojan said. "I was watching and I had not even thought it could happen. But I have taken it as something positive. In the end, they are difficult opponents but also attractive games. I am very excited about the competition starting now."

It is a daunting task, but the Eredivisie champions would go to the Camp Nou convinced they could compete, Bojan said.

"We cannot think anything different," he said. "It is clear that Barca are the best team in the world, and can call on the best players in the world, but we will only achieve something if we are convinced we can do it. We must only think of giving our all."

The former Spain youth international said he had been impressed with his new coach Frank de Boer -- who himself has a strong Barca connection having spent five seasons at the club as a player.

"We have only had a short time together, but what is clear is that you do not win three leagues in a row by chance," Bojan said. "[De Boer] knows a lot about football and on top of that he knows how to communicate his ideas very well. He knows how to manage a very young group, he gives everyone a lot of confidence."

Bojan, who reportedly had offers from other clubs including Real Betis before joining Ajax in the summer, said the chance to work under other former legendary players including Dennis Bergkamp had helped him make his decision.

"This club lives and breathes football," he said. "When they told me that Bergkamp would be taking personal training sessions with the forwards, it was an extra motivation to come here. It excited me."

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