Sergiño Dest swaps Barcelona for PSV and reveals shocking secret

American defender finds new home at PSV and makes surprising statements about his departure from Barça
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Sergiño Dest, the young USMNT full-back who arrived at Barcelona in 2020 with promising status, has finally found a new permanent home at PSV Eindhoven. Dest's career with the Culés has been marked by ups and downs, and his departure to the Dutch club represents a new phase in his career.

The official announcement of Dest's transfer to PSV has brought to light the reasons that led Barcelona to give up a player who, just a few years ago, was seen as a building block for the club's future. Since arriving at the Camp Nou from Ajax, Dest has never managed to establish himself as a first-team regular. In 72 appearances, he scored three goals and provided four assists, but the expected brilliance never came. Loans to AC Milan and PSV last season were attempts to revive the young talent's career.

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Now 23 and after a solid season at PSV, where he won the Eredivisie and played a crucial role in 37 games, Dest is ready for a new challenge. However, the transition has not been without controversy. During his time at Barcelona, Dest faced criticism and fierce internal competition, as well as dealing with injuries that undermined his confidence and performance.

The most recent injury, a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in May, came as a devastating blow. Dest himself revealed that the recovery will be long, at least nine months away, and he won't be playing again until 2024. As a result, he missed out on the 2024 Copa America with the United States national team.

"The injury was a disaster, but the support I've received here at PSV has given me the strength to carry on. The trust the club has in me is something I've never experienced anywhere else," said Dest.

Barcelona's decision to release Dest, while retaining a percentage of a future sale, could be seen as a strategy to cut losses, especially considering that the player was signed for 21 million euros and is now leaving for virtually nothing. On the other hand, PSV see Dest as a fundamental part of their future project, believing in the full-back's potential to recover and shine again.

The harshest criticism, however, came from Dest himself when he commented on his difficulties in Spain. "At Barcelona, I never felt I had the full confidence of the club. It was like I was always on trial, and that affects any player. At PSV, I feel I can grow without that constant pressure," he said. His words exposed a reality that many young talents face when they are launched into big clubs.

While he recovers from his injury, Dest is already thinking about the future and what he can achieve with PSV: "I want to come back stronger and show the world that I still have a lot to offer. This club has given me a new chance and I'm determined to repay them with titles and good performances," said the visibly motivated full-back.

PSV's technical director, Earnie Stewart, spared no praise for Dest, highlighting his importance to the club. "When we signed Sergiño, we knew we were bringing in a high-quality player. His contribution was fundamental to our Eredivisie title, and we believe he still has a lot to offer," said Stewart.

Dest's future now seems clearer, even with the challenge of recovering from a serious injury. Now he can find a new path and start again with renewed strength. PSV are betting big on his talent, and Dest himself is eager to live up to expectations. The player will be able to feel lighter in the knowledge of his new contract, regain his place in the team and certainly get back on the USMNT's shortlists.