Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez has explained how he rejected Barcelona ahead of moving to White Hart Lane.
The Colombian international joined Spurs last summer for a fee of £42m from Dutch side Ajax after a whole host of European sides looked at his performances and availability.
Sanchez has become an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s back line, helping Spurs to the knockout stages of the Champions League and he has spoken of his delight at moving to North London and rejecting the chance to move to Spain.
“It is true that I was always linked with Barcelona, ” Sanchez told Spanish daily Marca.
“They offered something on the table, but you have to think about the conditions. I had just won the Libertadores and they wanted to me to go the second team.”
Barca’s failure to lure the central defender to the Camp Nou and play for the B team, who currently sit in the relegation places of La Liga 123 – has seen them since sign Sanchez’ international team-mate – Yerry Mina.
Mina, who arrived earlier this month, will now provide back-up for preferred centre-back pairing, Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.
Barcelona face off against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Thursday evening, hoping to overcome a 1-0 first leg defeat and join the likes of Valencia, Sevilla and Leganes in the semi-final draw.
Both Mina and Philippe Coutinho are expected to be handed debuts, if only from the substitutes bench for Ernesto Valverde’s side at the Camp Nou against Quique Sanchez Flores’ side.