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Ex-Arsenal Star: Why I Rejected Barca In January

FC Barcelona spent all January trying to sign a striker, but a former Arsenal star has revealed he rejected the chance to make a switch to the Spanish giants last month.

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With Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele out for a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, the Catalan giants were desperate to bolster their attack last month.

After failing to do so in January, Barcelona were granted permission to sign Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite as an emergency signing but it has now been revealed Lucas Perez turned down an approach by the club.

“In the winter transfer window, like all transfer windows, teams usually call,” Perez told Spanish publication Marca.

“In fact, not only Barcelona called, but other teams as well.

“But in my head, I wanted to end the season here because I am happy and I have a contract.

“I didn’t want to take another misstep, where I would not have opportunities, as happened to me in England. In no case did I plan to leave mid-season, I want to stay here until the end.

“It is not the first time that Barcelona has called me, like other great clubs. The truth is that that does not distract me. What is clear to me is that I want to do well and I want to feel like a player again as I am doing here, where they have given me love since day one.

“At the end of the season, what happens, happens. I have a contract with Alaves. I am very settled and I am very happy in Vitoria, and that is reflected on the field.”

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