Barcelona convince Liverpool & Tottenham target to stay

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Barcelona star Marc Bartra is expected to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp despite taking a break from contract talks, according to Sport.

The centre-back has entered the final six months of his deal and is now free to discuss a pre-contract with overseas clubs.

Both Tottenham and Liverpool have been accredited with a strong interest in the player with both clubs ready to offer Bartra a way out of Catalonia.

The Premier League rivals were boosted by news that contract talks had been put on hold but seem to have lost out with the centre-back expected to sign a new deal rather than leave in the summer.

Spain international Bartra was reportedly offered more money to move away from the Nou Camp but is happy to accept less money to remain with the La Liga giants.

It's a blow for both Tottenham and Liverpool, who are both looking to strengthen their challenge in a competitive Premier League environment.

Despite impressive starts to the season both clubs find themselves in a scrap for a top four place and know reinforcements will be needed in order to continue the challenge.

Bartra, 22, has been growing in stature at Barcelona this season, having come in for the injured Carles Puyol, starting eight games in La Liga so far this season.

His growing prominence in the Barcelona first team has obviously done enough to convince Bartra that his Barcelona career is worth fighting for.

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