Barcelona starlet Tello ready to step up

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Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello has expressed his delight at staying with the Catalan club amid interest from England this summer.

Liverpool and Tottenham were both linked with the 22-year-old before he signed a new contract with the Spanish giants in August, keeping him at the club until 2018.

Tello burst onto the scene during the 2011/12 campaign with a fine performance in the Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen, scoring a brace in the 7-1 thrashing.

Now the Spaniard is ready to prove himself at Camp Nou, despite being behind an impressive array of attacking talent.

He said: "I always wanted to stay at Barca, the coach has confidence in me, I am content there and ready to play a lot of minutes.
"I feel better than in previous years. I knew that Liverpool were interested in me, but I never planned to leave."

Tello made 34 appearances for the club last season, scoring eight goals and sparking interest from all over Europe, but any potential suitors have been knocked back by the La Liga holders.

The winger has also had a €25m release clause inserted into his contract to ward off any further interest, as he has been identified as a vital part of the club going forward.

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