‘Barca told me I could not leave’
BARCELONA - An FC Barcelona player, who attracted interest from various clubs, claims the Catalan giants did not allow him to leave in the transfer window. Thomas Vermaelen spent last season on loan at AS Roma in the Serie A, but returned to Barca in pre-season.
The Belgian defender, who has not featured for Barca this season, revealed that a number of clubs were interested in his services in the last transfer window, but the Catalan giants did not entertain any offers. “Barcelona told me I could not leave no matter what,” Vermaelen told Derniere Heure, as translated by Marca. “There was interest from several clubs but they would not listen to any offers and now I cannot even play in the B team, so it is difficult for me.”