Despite never making a senior appearance for the Blaugrana, the Dinamo Zagreb ace said his time at the club’s academy shaped his career
Barcelona academy product Dani Olmo did not rule out a return to Camp Nou after his impressive form for Dinamo Zagreb led to speculation that the Spanish champions could seek to re-sign him.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has scored two goals in six league appearances for Dinamo this season, but it was his performances in Spain’s European Under-21 Championship triumph that helped propel him into contention for a transfer to La Liga.
Olmo netted three times to help Spain’s young squad lift the trophy this summer and his form in big games has continued in the Champions League, with four goals in nine appearances for a Dinamo side still in contention to reach the knockout stages.
Asked whether his displays might carry him back to Spain, Olmo told SPORT: “I hope I can come back, but we’ve just started the season really well.
“We’re doing well in the Champions League. There are two games left and we depend on ourselves to get through. There’s a lot of work to be done.
“The Champions League is a shop window for all young players, especially if you’re in a smaller league like Croatia.”
Olmo did not make a first-team appearance for Barcelona before joining Dinamo as a 17-year-old, but he paid tribute to the training academy at La Masia for giving him strong foundations.
On the speculation over a possible transfer back to Catalonia, Olmo said: “We will see what happens.
“I don’t close the door on any club, but I’m a Dinamo player, what happens with Dinamo, we will see.
“Barcelona’s style: touch, movement – that’s added to what I have learned in Croatia.
“They’ve made me the player I am now.”
Olmo was handed his first senior cap for Spain on Friday as Robert Moreno’s side romped to a 7-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Malta.
With La Roja already safely through to next year’s tournament, the Dinamo starlet could earn a second successive appearance in another international fixture against Romania on Monday.