Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has reiterated his commitment to the French club after reportedly being a target for Barcelona.
Speculation in the Spanish media in the summer transfer window had linked the Ivory Coast international with a move to the Camp Nou, but no deal came to fruition.
“At Nice I am loved but in Barcelona, I might not have been guaranteed first-team football,” Seri told France Football, in quotes carried by Diario AS.
“I know my own capabilities and qualities so it is important for me to be showing this on the pitch every week and whilst I dreamed of Barca, the message from the club was clear.
“At Nice I am a priority and not a complimentary player so it was easy for me to continue playing here and totally regain my full focus on the club.
“I don’t have to prove myself to anyone but for Nice, I want to show that I am playing here because this is the club I want to be at and not out of spite, I am very happy here.”
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