Promising Barcelona forward Cristian Tello has played down speculation linking the La Masia graduate with a move away from the Nou Camp earlier in the summer. 

A contractual issue which was one that was similar to that of former teammate Thiago Alcantara would have seen the Spaniard leave if his release clause was met, reported to be a fee of €10 million.

Merseyside club Liverpool were one of the teams willing to meet to meet the price for the 22-year-old whose future was uncertain after Neymar's arrival. 

The Catalan side extinguished any concerns by agreeing a new five-year contract with Tello increasing his buyout clause to €25 million and the player stated his affection for the club and will to continue his career at his boyhood club as the main reasons behind the extension. 

However the starlet insists that he hadn't contemplated leaving the club and that his intention was always to extend his stay with Barcelona even after being made aware of Brendan Rodger's sides interest. 

"I always wanted to stay at Barca, the coach has confidence in me, I am content there and ready to play lots of minutes," Tello told Sky Sports

"I feel better than in previous years. I knew that Liverpool where interested in me, but I never planned to leave." 

The youngster scored 8 goals in all competitions for the Spanish champions last season in 34 appearances with 18 of those coming via the substitution bench.

Tello was also part of Julen Lopetegui's Spain under-21 side which one the 2013 European Championship in Israel this past summer After beating Italy in the finale. 

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