Speaking to reporters for the Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona centre-back Marc Bartra believes he is currently at the best club for the good of his career.
The former Spanish U21 international suffered last season due to heavy competition for places in the heart of defence, featuring in only 14 La Liga matches and a handful of European games.
As per Diario Sport, Premier League duo Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were said to be interested in the player and reports surfaced on Sky Sports of an unusually low release clause of roughly £8.5 million.
However, the July deadline has now passed and Bartra’s clause is no longer valid, a potential blow to all of his suitors but not for the player as he tells reporters of his delight at remaining at the Nou Camp.
“Barcelona has given me so much and likewise I’ve given a lot back. It’s normal that you have doubts when you’re not playing but where is better than here?” he explained.
Will Marc Bartra have more chances in the 2015/16 campaign?
The 24-year-old has plenty of competition for a regular starting berth, and the return of the previously injured Thomas Vermaelen will only see his path to a first-team spot made more difficult.
That said, he is a product of La Masia and the club will actively seek to promote from within, boosting his chances of playing matches against perhaps the lesser La Liga sides and in the Copa Del Rey.
Despite signalling his intentions to remain at the club, a possible loan spell shouldn’t be ruled out and it’s a viable option for Tottenham or Liverpool should they wish to bulk up their defensive ranks.