Ajax goalkeeper Onana: Barça is my home & there's always contact


The goalkeeper spoke to SPORT after joining the Common Goal campaign

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Adrià Fernández

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana says he remains in contact with Barcelona after serving a nine-month drugs ban. 

The former Barça youngster was handed the ban because he testing positive for Furosemide after taking his wife's medicine by mistake. The original ban was 12 months but it was reduced on appeal. 

Onana has now served his time and, as he looks forward, has decided to donate 1% of his salary to Common Goal. 

"With the tough year I have had, I thought I had to end it in the best way possible," he told Diario SPORT of the decision. 

"And that's by helping others, in this case blind children. I have to start this year with a good taste in the mouth." 

The year is likely to bring change, with Onana deciding not to renew his contract. He is set to leave on a free transfer in the summer. 

"When you open a door, you close it one day," he added of leaving Ajax. "We have done everything possible here and made history. This is the end and it's time for a new path." 

Italian side Inter Milan have been linked with Onana. 

"A lot has been said [about Inter], but also about Arsenal, Barça, obviously," he said. "There's nothing at the moment. The media are part of my life and there are times when I get lost! 

So, could a return to Barça be on the card? 

"I am still in contact with Barça," he said. "I have kept a really good relationship with them since I left. Barça is my home and there's always been contact. 

"My first option? Obviously. It's my home and I grew up there. If it's Barça, it will be Barça." 




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