Douglas refused to sign the documents, but was forced to leave Barcelona and join Sporting Gijón
The loan transfer of Brazilian right-back Douglas to Sporting Gijón may have seemed to have been so friendly behind the scenes at Barcelona.
But according to the information disclosed by Catalan newspaper SPORT, Douglas refused to leave Barcelona, who used lawyers to resolve the situation. Once they reached a total agreement with Sporting Gijón, Barça called Douglas to the club's offices to sign the papers. The player, however, refused to sign the agreement, and also refused to leave the club's offices. According to the Catalan publication, the Brazilian did not care to go to another club and was very disappointed with the idea of having to leave the Camp Nou. The club's lawyers then intervened to convince the right-back to leave the offices. The Brazilian may have realized that he was acting wrongly in the situation, then signed the papers and agreed to begin a new experience in Spanish football. Note that, according to newspapers of Spain, Douglas was close to being announced by Cruzeiro in June this year, but refused to leave the Camp Nou.