Barcelona future not in my hands – Paco Alcacer

Barcelona future not in my hands – Paco Alcacer

Paco Alcacer insists he is happy at Barcelona but
knows his future is out of his hands after scoring in
the Copa del Rey final.
Standing in for the suspended Luis Suarez,
Alcacer's strike in the third minute of first-half
stoppage time put Barca 3-1 up against Alaves at
Vicente Calderon and proved to be the last goal of
the match.
The Spain striker has rarely featured in his first
season at Camp Nou, starting only six LaLiga
games after joining from Valencia in a €30million
move.
Alcacer does feel he has improved as the campaign
progressed and was thrilled to end it on a high, but
understands he alone will not decide what happens
for 2017-18.
"I only live in the present and I'm happy here," he
told reporters after the match.
"It is not up to me to decide what happens next
season, it is the directors and the coaches.
"In the end, the hard work was reflected on the
pitch. Helping the team with a goal is important
and I am very happy to end the season like this.
"I have gone from down to up during the season. I
always try to think in the present and on the next
game and, in the end, it has its rewards.
"You can never give up - you must always give
your all."
Lionel Messi, who had scored Barca's opener, set
up Alcacer's goal and the 23-year-old paid tribute
to his star team-mate's influence on the rest of the
squad.
"There is no better player that Leo Messi," he said.
"I am very proud to be able to live and learn beside
him. It is amazing the ease with which he plays.
He makes football so easy. There is no doubt that
he is the best player in the world."
Alcacer completes the season with eight goals
from 27 Barca appearances in all competitions,
although just 11 of those outings were starts.

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