‘Barca told me I could not leave’

Sunday Observer - - SPORT -

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.”

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