‘Spain made me feel rejected’

Former Barcelona defender Oleguer has claimed that “the Spanish national team made me feel like a reject”.

A staunch supporter of Catalanism, the retired stopper made over 150 appearances for La Blaugrana between 2002 and 2008, winning two La Liga titles and a Champions League, but never represented his parent state.

“I didn’t feel represented by or emotionally connected with another club or federation. The Spanish national team made me feel like a reject,” the 35-year-old told La Directa.

“When I speak about not representing Spain, I don’t mean that I didn’t want to play in a World Cup.

“The fact is that the Spanish national team continue to represent a state in which I don’t feel a part of and one which also represents the oppression of different peoples and many other things that I don’t agree with.

“Therefore, I’ve never been interested in playing for Spain.”

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