Lucas Digne has no intention of leaving Barcelona this summer

Lucas Digne has no intention of leaving Barcelona this summer

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According to reports in Italy, Barcelona have already made contact with the player's agent and want to finalise the deal before the end of the month.

"I have heard some rumours claiming that I could leave, but that is rubbish, it is fake news", Digne told Mundo Deportivo. I can't wait for the new season to begin. I want to fight hard to play more and to make my mark here at Barcelona.

Verratti, who Andrea Pirlo recently named as his successor, has four years left on his current PSG contract having signed an extension last August.

Spain global Jordi Alba remains Barca's first choice left-back but Digne still managed 26 appearances for the Blaugrana last season and he's aware that competition for places is important for Europe's biggest clubs. "I can not wait to get started again". "I have big ambitions, that's why I'm here".

The 24-year-old has reportedly informed the French club that he wishes to leave this summer after five years, during which time he has attracted many admirers. "I came to form part of the team from the first day, of course, but also to form part of the next generation at Barca".