Petit reveals Barca ‘regret’

Former Barcelona midfielder Emmanuel Petit has revealed his ‘regret’ at joining Barcelona from Arsenal and how ‘divided’ the dressing room at Camp Nou was.

The Frenchman joined the Catalan giants in 2000 but spent only one campaign at the club before returning to England, where he joined Chelsea.

“The one thing I regret in my football career is having changed Arsenal for Barcelona,” Petit wrote in his autobiography, as cited by Marca.

“The harmony at the club was ruined by cliques and the first time I walked into the dressing room, nobody paid any attention to me or even say hello…there were no welcomes.

“The dressing room was divided into three groups – the Catalans in one corner, the Dutch in another and then the rest.

“That ruined any chance of unity.”

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