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“Not something I think about”: Barcelona striker plans to stay put at Camp Nou

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Speaking to TV2 (h/t SPORT), Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite has effectively ruled out a summer exit from Camp Nou, claiming that he wishes to see his contract through with the club.

Braithwaite arrived at Barça in February 2020 as an emergency signing due to a series of injuries and has been a fairly decent signing for the Catalans without really establishing himself as a starter in the side.

To date, the 30-year-old has made 57 appearances for the Blaugrana, scoring ten goals and registering five assists.

The Danish international started the 2021/22 season positively, but an injury ruled him out until the turn of the year. Following his return, Braithwaite was never really called upon by manager Xavi Hernandez.

Indeed, Braithwaite played just two times across all competitions under the 42-year-old club legend, totalling up to only 22 minutes of on-field action.

With Barça planning more attacking additions in the summer, Braithwaite’s chances will dwindle further. As a result, the Dane has been told to find a new club, with Celta Vigo, Brighton & Hove Albion and Valencia interested.

However, the 30-year-old has now stated that he does not see himself leaving Barcelona in the summer, with still two years left on his contract.

“It’s not something I think about. I still have two years left in Barcelona. In football you never know what can happen, but I’m very calm about it,” he said after training with the Danish national team ahead of their UEFA Nations League assignments.

Given Barcelona’s precarious financial situation, it is important for them to get rid of unwanted players to generate revenue and clear up room on their wage bill for incoming players.

But Braithwaite’s stance of not wanting to leave the club might become a hindrance for the Catalan heavyweights to offload him come the summer transfer window.

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