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Former Barcelona defender explains why he left the club in the summer

On-loan Clement Lenglet, a defender for Barcelona, has said that he left the Camp Nou squad in the summer in order to accrue more playing time and that he is not truly considering his future.

Lenglet, 27, had declined in value under Xavi and, like one Samuel Umtiti, had been placed on the transfer market for sale. Barcelona was forced to settle for a short-term fix because no team made a firm and long-term offer.

The player accepted the fact that the additions of Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde will only hinder his development at Barcelona.

Barcelona therefore announced in July 2022 that their center-back had transferred to Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan. The French international claimed that the transfer was made in order to “enjoy a fresh adventure.” He joined Antonio Conte’s squad.

“I came here to have a new experience and to get more playing time. At the age of 27, you wish to participate. The defender told The Times, “That was my initial thought (relayed by Mundo Deportivo).

The defender, who has already made seven appearances for his new squad, added that the agreement does not include a buy option for Tottenham. Despite this, he left the conversation open and stated that “if everything is okay, the persons involved will talk about it.”

“The contract does not mention a buy option, but October has arrived. Seasonal beginnings require us to wait before thinking about this.

The team needs me to do well on the field. We might talk if everything is alright. It’s too soon, he continued.

With his new life in London off to a strong start, the former Sevilla defender will aim to play as many games as he can for the time being.

 

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