Nou Camp youngster happy to fight for first team spot.
Barcelona winger Cristian Tello is ready to snub interest from the Premier League to sign an improved contract at the Nou Camp according to AS.
The 21-year-old had been linked with a summer switch to Liverpool and Tottenham but after meeting with Barca officials, Tello is now expected to pen an extension to his current deal, less than six months after previously renewing with the club.
With three-years left on his contract with the La Liga giants, the youngster, who made his debut for 2011 under then-manager Pep Guardiola, will commit his long-term future to the Catalan outfit by signing a deal until 2018.
His current contract contains an appearance-based buyout clause that varies in amount depending on the number of minutes the player manages to feature over the season. After failing to meet the lowest targeted number of appearances, Tello’s current release clause is set at a bargain £8.5m and that has attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer.
Barcelona now plan to increase this by negotiating a new deal which will take the clause to over £15m as they seek avoid a similar situation to that of promising midfielder Thiago Alcantara leaving the club for Bayern Munich this summer.
Despite the arrival of Brazilian superstar Neymar, the adaptable forward, who can play up-front or out wide on either wing, is eager to have a far more prominent role in manager Tito Vilanova’s plans for the new season after just 12 La Liga starts last term.
The news will come as something of a blow to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who had unsuccessfully tried to persuade the young Spaniard to make the switch to Anfield this summer after the Merseyside club met the release clause.