Sergi Roberto insists he never had any intention of leaving Barcelona after signing a contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.
The 26-year-old has spent his entire career at the Camp Nou but he had been linked with a move away from the club over recent months, with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United credited with an interest in his services.
However, the midfielder or full-back has now put an end to that speculation by signing a new four-and-a-half year contract and admits he never had any desire to leave the Blaugrana.
“Since I started talking about the renewal, I wanted to be here. It’s my club,” he said.
“It’s true that other teams were interested but I wanted to be here and I’m happy to have renewed until 2022. And, if I can go on for longer, even better.”
Roberto has now set his sights on enjoying a strong end to the season with Barca, who are priced at 5.50 to win the Champions League, while he also has ambitions of securing a place in Spain’s World Cup squad despite having not represented his country since September 2016.
“Of course, it would be a dream to go to the World Cup,” Roberto added.
“It’s really close now and I hope to get lucky and that the coach counts on me because it’s what every player wants.
“I hope Julen Lopetegui gives me the chance to be at the World Cup. At the very least, I am going to work hard for it.”