Barcelona winger Malcom has claimed that he has always remained calm regarding his role in the squad, with manager Ernesto Valverde preferring other players to him, claiming that he was under no pressure to put a big performance to get a place.

Malcom scored Barcelona’s equalizer in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals after Real Madrid took the lead in the first few minutes of the game. This was only his second goal for the club since moving in the summer.

However, the winger has insisted that he was always calm, even though he never has been in the plans of manager Valverde throughout the season, with Arthur and Ousmane Dembele the preferred players.

“I’ve always been calm, just like when I arrived,” he said, as quoted by Sport, according to Goal. “I have friends who give me confidence, I have family, agents all fighting for me and also my team-mates. I have a lot of support.

“It was a goal that helped us get back into the tie. We will go to the [Santiago] Bernabeu with confidence.”

Malcom also touched on the fact he was substituted in the second half with about 15 minutes left, and revealed that he was getting tired and so the switch was made.

“I was a little tired,” he said. “I have not played much recently, but I’m more confident. I will work hard to improve and play a little more.”

It remains to be seen if Malcom can play his way into the team, especially after being linked to a number of clubs in the January transfer window, as well as the arrival of Frenkie de Jong next summer.              


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