Luis Enrique has reportedly told Sergi Roberto to reject all offers of a summer transfer, according to a report in Mundo Deportivo.
The classy midfielder, 23, has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou over the past few months due to his lack of game time and stalling development. One time seen as one of the better talents in La Masia, the former Spanish Under-21 international has fallen down the selection order behind some of his younger compatriots.
With his potential availability on the market, a selection of Premier League clubs have been linked with making a summer move for him, with Everton (Sport), Stoke (Mundo Deportivo) and Spurs (Marca) all said to be keen on him.
Whilst his first-team chances were limited, it would have been likely that he pushed for a move away, but now head coach Enrique has told him to reject any offers, suggesting that he sees Roberto as a key figure in his playing squad next season.
The youngster made just 18 appearances during the 2014/15 season, but following the departure of Xavi, he may be able to work his way back into the starting XI with more frequency next term. Although naturally a defensive midfielder - in the mould of Sergio Busquets - he has shown to be able to play a more advanced role, and that could aid him under Enrique.
This has dealt all the Premier League clubs a blow in the race to sign him, and it looks as if they will have to search elsewhere this summer for midfield reinforcements.