Barcelona winger Cristian Tello has revealed he rejected a summer transfer move to Liverpool in order to fight for his place at Barcelona, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 22-year old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation after falling behind Alexis Sanchez, Pedro Rodriguez and now Neymar in the pecking order at the club but he insists he never thought about leaving the Camp Nou.
"I always wanted to stay here," he said. "I knew that Liverpool were interested in me but I never thought about leaving.
"The coach has confidence in me. I'm happy and ready to play."
The news won't come as a surprise to Liverpool fans as Tello has been linked with a switch to Anfield for the past two seasons.
It looked at one point as though a move to the Premier League could have happened for the Spaniard, but instead he penned a new deal at the club he joined as a youngster 11 years ago.
In his previous contract, Tello did have a generous release clause, reportedly around the £8.5 million mark, but no club met the valuation.
Tottenham were also rumoured to be interested in bringing Tello to England, and both clubs will now surely set their sights on other targets as his new deal with Barca runs until 2018.
Brendan Rodgers managed to land most of his transfer targets this summer, including Mamadou Sakho, Victor Moses and Tiago Ilori, who all signed on September 2.
Rodgers also managed to keep hold of prized asset Luis Suarez despite a bid from Arsenal and interest from Real Madrid.
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