Marc Bartra has again said he has no intention of leaving Barcelona, even though an agreement to extend his current contract which ends in June has yet to be reached.
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Bartra has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and the centre-back, who has put in a string of impressive performances of late, would be free to talk to potential foreign suitors from next month.
However, the Catalonia-born 22-year-old -- who said last month that talks were progressing well -- has told reporters that he had no update on his contract situation but remains keen to stay at the Camp Nou long-term.
“I am not getting into that,” Bartra said in AS. “The most important thing for me is to play good games, to maintain my form -- that would be good for the contract renewal and for many things in the future. I have never thought about leaving Barcelona. I hope to be a Barca defender for many more years.”
Bartra, who has now started eight of Barca’s last 12 games in all competitions, said his run in the first team had changed how he felt about things and allowed him to really show what he could do.
“I did not get many minutes at the start of the season, but I have been getting more,” he said. “I am ambitious and want to play all the games I can, not just a few minutes here and there. In two months things have changed, and for the better. [Coach Gerardo Martino] had no fear of putting me in when there were injuries. Being match-fit helps a lot. The better I am, the better it is for the team.”
The recently capped Spain international said speculation about his future was not affecting his day-to-day work.
“My renewal is on the right path,” he said. “I am relaxed about it -- it is going fine. It is between the club and my agent and I just have to focus on my job. I feel I have an important role in the team and I am trying to give the boss something to think about when he has to choose the team.”