Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto has pledged his desire to remain with the Spanish club.
Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto has pledged his desire to remain with the Spanish club, despite there being strong interest from Premier League sides, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Metro reported on Roberto's comments after Barcelona's 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday: "I played in my favoured midfield position. I started against Real Madrid and the coach has given me confidence. I've scored today and I want to be important."
Barcelona's new manager Ernesto Valverde hasn't gotten off to the best start in his new role - losing the Spanish Cup to rivals Real Madrid. But Roberto wants to be very much a part of Valverde's plans for the upcoming season.
"In pre-season I wasn't starting, but now in the official matches I am playing more," Roberto said. "I want to continue here and continue like this."
Valverde also gave the Spanish international a confidence boost by saying: "I am absolutely counting on him. In some games he will be a major player and in some games no, but he remains an important player."
The 25-year-old has a £36m buy-out clause written into his contract and the rumour mill sparked up interest from Chelsea and United to bring him to the Premier League. But with Roberto himself confirming his intentions to stay with Barcelona, it all but ends the interest from the two clubs.
With the transfer window set to close on the 31st of August, Antonio Conte still wants to add to his thin squad.