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Report: Marc Bartra Snubs Manchester City, Spurs, Porto and Bayern Munich to Stay at FC Barcelona

The defender is said to be happy to stay with the Catalans

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Because of a strange clause in Marc Bartra's contract, his release clause is temporarily set to just 12 million euro until next Tuesday, when it will go up again to 50 million.

That being the case, several clubs such as Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur and Porto were interested in plucking the young defender from Barcelona at a reduced price.

Bartra, for his part, is unsure of getting minutes next season due to the presence of Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jeremy Mathieu and now Thomas Vermaelen, who has returned from injury.

However, according to a report in Diario Sport, Bartra has let FC Barcelona know that he's going to stay and fight for a place in the team.

He also dropped a not-so-subtle hint on his Twitter feed this morning.

It says: "No force will shoot down your dreams, because they gain strength from their own light. They feed on their own passion." It also has a red and blue emoji, used by Barça fans and players and social media. He's also, obviously, holding the Barcelona shield near his heart.

Many fans will be delighted to hear such a promising defender is not leaving on the cheap. Coach Luis Enrique may be among those happiest, as he pushed strongly to prevent his exit.

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