Marc Bartra has revealed that he had the chance to move across the El Clasico divide back in 2011.
Marc Bartra has recently penned a new contract with the Catalan club and is being viewed as a player to star in the future of Barcelona’s defence.
However, the centre-half could well be on Real Madrid’s books now had he jump ship a couple of years ago.
"They offered the best pay at Castilla - triple what Barca were giving me," Bartra told El Pais.
"I thought about it for two seconds... Madrid? I don't see myself there!
"With my first contract renewal in 2011, everyone told me to go and I was the only one who wanted to stay. I spoke with Carles Puyol and he told me that when he first signed new deals, he was being paid less.
"But he never said anything because he trusted himself."
With Puyol stating that he will retire at the end of the season and Barcelona currently banned from signing new players, Bartra’s time on the pitch looks likely to increase.
There were loose rumours suggesting that a number of Premier League clubs were interested in the Spaniard earlier this season.