A Premier League star, who became Tottenham Hotspur's club-record signing for €42 million (R653 million) in August 2017, has insisted he has no regrets about rejecting the opportunity to play for LaLiga giants FC Barcelona.
Colombia international Davinson Sanchez has cemented his spot in Spurs' starting XI since joining the London club from Ajax Amsterdam in a five-year deal a couple of years ago.
Sanchez, who was part of the Ajax side that suffered a 2-0 loss to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League final in May 2017, has now revealed why he did not jump at the chance to sign for the Blaugrana when he was 19 and still at Colombian side Atletico Nacional.
"Barcelona wanted me for their B team but I wanted to stay and win the Copa Libertadores," the centre-back told the Daily Mirror.
"After winning it, I didn't want to go to Barca B. I saw myself with the quality to play in a first team. Ajax wanted me for their first team squad.
"It wasn't just Barca who wanted me; when I was 17, Sevilla came to find me. Valencia did at 18 and Villarreal at 19, just before Barca.
"(Spurs manager Mauricio) Pochettino told me that Tottenham was a special place, a special club, who were working on a project that I wanted to be a part of."
Sanchez has made 68 appearances across all competitions for Spurs since sealing his move to London in 2017.
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