Kompany: I've turned down Barcelona a few times

Manchester City's captain has revealed that he almost joined the Catalan club on several occasions.

"I have been close to signing for Barca a few times, there were contacts, but recently, officially, I can assure you that there has been nothing that I know of," the Belgian international told Mundo Deportivo.

There have been rumours that Barcelona are plotting another bid this summer with new boss Luis Enrique keen to strengthen his defence after the retirement of Carlos Puyol. However, the 28-year-old has insisted that he is fully committed to the reigning Premier League champions.

"I have a contract with Manchester City, I like it there a lot, we have won the Premier League. We have a very serious and attractive project. It is not in my plans to leave the club."

The Belgian captained City to the Premier League title for the second time last season and his country have already advanced to the knock-out stages of the World Cup this summer with victories over Algeria and Russia. 

Kompany, who joined from Hamburg in 2008, still has four years left on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium and clearly feels the future at City is bright, but if Barca were to come calling again, you wonder if he could ignore the interests of the Spanish giants again.  

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