Jonathan Dos Santos signals intention to leave Barcelona

Faced with little playing time and with the World Cup around the corner, the Mexican midfielder said he is open to leaving the Catalans on loan.

Barcelona’s Mexican midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos is frustrated at his lack of first-team minutes and has indicated he may be forced to look elsewhere this winter.

“My objective is to be in the World Cup and if I don’t get minutes, going on loan in December would be a good option,” the 23-year-old told Catalunya Radio on Monday.

Dos Santos said he was on the brink of a loan move to Carlos Vela’s Real Sociedad in August, until Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino convinced him to stay and fight for first-team minutes.

Since then, Dos Santos has just 16 minutes of playing time for Barcelona’s first team in all competitions.

If the situation doesn’t improve, Dos Santos will push for a move with an eye on getting back into the Mexican national team – which has not yet qualified for Brazil 2014.

But it remains Dos Santos’ ambition to be successful with the Catalan club.

“My (long term) desire is to stay in Barcelona and to triumph here,” he said.

Jonathan also said his brother Giovani Dos Santos still harbors ambitions of returning to Barcelona one day.