Barcelona defender Clément Lenglet has stated that he wants to stay at Camp Nou following speculation regarding his future.
Having joined from Sevilla for a fee of €35m in 2018, the Frenchman has featured heavily for La Blaugrana and has made 74 appearances in total for the club.
With three years still to run on his current deal, the 24-year-old recently spoke of his desire to remains with the defending La Liga champions and continue playing a key role at the heart of their defence.
“You never really know what the future will be like when you are a football player, but I hope to be at Barcelona next season, yes,” Lenglet told RMC Sport.
“It will obviously depend on the transfer window, this is a special period for the clubs and we’re safe, but I hope to stay.”
Following the appointment of Quique Setién as head coach in January, the centre-back found himself on the bench at times, including for an El Clásico clash in March, as Samuel Umtiti was preferred to play alongside Gerard Piqué at the back.
And while the 24-year-old admits he was disappointed to be left out for the huge clash, he remains confident about his position in the first team, given the strong displays he’s put up this season for Barça.
He went on to explain: “There are several reasons for [being dropped]. The arrival of the new coach, Samuel [Umtiti] who was good when he played. I played a lot, too, [Umtiti and I] are pretty much the same.
“But I didn’t play in the Clasico. It was a little disappointing for me, but it is part of the life of a footballer. I prepare myself well and hope to play regularly.
“I have been fortunate to experience some pretty crazy things for a very short time, I hope it will last.
“There were bound to be special moments in the season but it remains a good season, I discovered the French team, I played games one after the other, it was a great year for me.”