The arrival of Douglas at FC Barcelona was a huge surprise. A footballer not known to the public whoc cost six million euros. Two years later and he's only played in eight games. Four in the league, four in the cup.
Andoni Zubizarreta explained in an interview with Diari ARA why he was signed for Barcelona. "We never signed him with the intention of being a starter. If you look at everything that happened with Douglas, it's surprising the noise that was created around it. We thought he had the level for Barca and for the investment he represented, within those dealt with in football, he was worth it.
"It can't be that we criticise because Luis Suarez is a finished product and we criticise because we bring products that are just starting out. We signed Douglas like we signed Denis Suarez, who seems that he has options, or Halilovic.
"We didn't sign Douglas with the intention that Douglas would help us win the Champions League. He was a player to help construct a squad, to grow. Until where? We will see. In no other club would it produce a debate like this."
Vermaelen is another player that Zubi was criticised for signing, especially for saying he was a player that could perform immediately. "They cut the phrase. I said he was ready to perform immediately when he recovered and when he played, he did not need time to adapt."