Barcelona star Marc Bartra has put an end to speculation regarding his future by signing a contract extension, reports Sky Sports.
Bartra had broken into the first team this season after three successive campaigns playing for Barcelona B. With his contract expiring in June it was reported that Bartra was ready to turn his back on the Nou Camp in favour of interest from the Premier League.
Both Liverpool and Tottenham were ready to offer the 23-year-old a bumper deal to move to England. However, following the announcement from Carles Puyol that he will leave Barcelona in the summer, Barcelona officials have acted urgently to tie Bartra down to a new deal.
The new deal will run until the summer of 2017 and includes a release clause of €25m.
Bartra made his full international debut for the senior Spanish side against Equatorial Guinea last November following his emergence in the Barcelona first team. Previously, he had won 37 caps at age-group level for his country.
Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood must now re-evaluate their summer transfer plans with both looking to add defensive reinforcements.
Both Liverpool and Spurs have suffered from defensive frailties this season and had both been interested in signing Bartra when he was available for free.
While Liverpool have been able to rely on Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge to make up for the lacklustre defending, Tottenham have not had that luxury and look set to miss out on a top four place as a result.
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