£6m Tottenham and United target says it is 'a pleasure' playing with current team-mates

Sergi Roberto might be wanted by both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United - but he doesn't sound like a man ready to leave Barcelona.

Breaking into the Barcelona midfield is possibly one of the hardest tasks in modern football today. Many have tried and failed in the not so distant past - with Alex Song and Thiago Alcantara immediately springing to mind.

Now the attention has switched in the ‘can he make it’ department to 21-year-old Sergi Roberto - who has been dubbed the ‘next Xavi’ by some parts of the media.

But over the past few seasons he has still been mainly a figurehead in the Barcelona B side with just the smackerel of appearances coming here or there.

With that in mind the temptation to leave would obviously be present. Here is a highly talented young footballer who simply has no chance of playing first-team football.

With that in mind numerous teams reportedly kept tabs on him this summer - including two from the Premier League.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were the pair in question - with Andre Villas-Boas going so far as to travel and watch a Barca B game in October.

But this season the new manager Tata Martino has actually taken quite a shine to the 21-year-old - and he has already played more games this season than in any of his previous ones in Catalonia.

One such appearance came last night - where he had an excellent game in the 6-1 dismantling of Celtic.

And after the game he was quizzed about his future:

"I am happy for the match and the team victory. Playing with these team-mates is a pleasure. Any player wants to play more, but I know the team I am with and the peers that I have. They are the best in the world. I'm working everyday to give myself more opportunities. "

These do not exactly sound like the words of a man ready to quit the club - despite his £6 million release clause.

This sounds like a content and heads on young man ready to bide his time to do what the likes of Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta and co have done before him - and carry on the La Masia name.


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