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Barca midfielder Carles Alena rejects ‘major’ English club

Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has turned down the chance to join a major Premier League club, Diario SPORT reports.

The 22-year-old is currently on a half-season loan at Real Betis, where he has made eight appearances.

According to SPORT, Barcelona received an ‘important offer’ from an unnamed English club in recent days.

Renowned agent Jorge Mendes present the offer, which would have involved a €25m transfer fee plus a big wage increase for Alena.

Upon hearing the offer, the Catalan club immediately spoke to Alena’s agent, Iván de la Peña, a former Barca player.

De la Peña’s answer was clear and concise: Alena has no interest in leaving and his mind is on succeeding at Camp Nou.

Alena’s idea is to impress head coach Quique Setién during pre-season training. If Setién decides against using him, the midfielder would be open to another loan move.

Spain under-21 international Alena rarely featured for his parent club before joining Betis on loan.

Alena still believes he can make a full breakthrough at his beloved Barcelona.

He has been mentioned as a possible makeweight in a deal for Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz in recent weeks.

But that is another route Alena would not be interested in – his mind is only on Barca.

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