Amat refutes Barcelona interest

Espanyol defender Jordi Amat says he has heard nothing about a proposed move to Barcelona, reports Sport.

The 20-year-old has made headlines this summer with Barca’s purported interest in incorporating him into their B team for next season, but the central defender insists he is only concentrating on Espanyol for the time being.

“Neither I nor anybody else has suggested anything. I have a contract with Espanyol at the moment and am only thinking about that,” he declared.

Los Periquitos are considering sending the youngster out on a season-long loan, having signed Diego Colotto from Deportivo de La Coruna and Mexican Hector Moreno pushing for a place, besides Raul Rodriguez renewing his contract at Cornella El-Prat.

However, Amat is prepared to fight for a starting berth in boss Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up.

“There is a lot of competition to get in the team but we must all work together and then we’ll see who is the best,” he said defiantly.

“It’s a new season and I’ve come back from holiday very excited and eager to play.”

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