Barcelona defender Marc Bartra has conceded that he considered exiting the Catalan giants during the summer transfer window.
22-year-old Bartra, who has spent his entire professional career with the La Liga champions, has enjoyed a starting role in each of Barca's last three fixtures in all competitions but found regular first-team opportunity very difficult to come by last season.
Following a difficult campaign, Bartra, who has won 16 caps for Spain's U21 side and is also out of contract at the end of the 2013/14 season, admitted that he did indeed give serious consideration to departing the Camp Nou prior to the start of the new campaign.
"During the summer I had admit I had some doubts about what to do, whether to stay at Barcelona or not," he told TMW in an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT.
"I was convinced to try something new but then the coach persuaded me not to go away and now I'm so happy. I think I made the right choice.
"I think the club and my agent will talk about these things. I prefer to stay calm and focus on my work day by day," he added.
Barcelona, who are now managed by popular Argentine Gerardo 'Tata' Martino, currently sit top of the La Liga standings after amassing 24 points from their opening eight fixtures, recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday evening thanks to a brace from Chilean star Alexis Sanchez and return to domestic action following the international break with a trip to Osasuna on October 19.