Denis Suarez wants Barca stay

Denis Suarez wants to stay at Barcelona and fight for a first-team place despite media speculation linking him with a move to Roma.

The 23-year-old made only 12 La Liga starts for the Blaugrana last season after returning to the club from Villarreal but wants to continue at the Camp Nou.

"I played a lot at the beginning of the season, then after Christmas I was at a good level, scoring and creating goals,” Suarez told Marca.

"But then my progression slowed down. I wasn't in the squad as much. There's a lot of really good midfielders at Barca, but you always have to look at the positives.

"I'm at a great club, I've had a year to learn and adapt and now next season I will fight to the death. My target is to be a success at Barca. I'm going to fight to be a regular.

"A lot of names were mentioned when Luis Enrique said he was going, but the one I liked the most was Ernesto's (Valverde).

"I think he's a sensible manager. He's always taken a chance on young players, given opportunities to those who work hard and deserve it, plus he knows Barca and La Liga."

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