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On-loan Barcelona defender explains why he left the club in the summer

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On-loan Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has said that the reason he left the Camp Nou team in the summer was to get more minutes in his tank, adding that he is not really thinking much about the future as well.

Lenglet, 27, had become an unwanted commodity under Xavi and much like a certain Samuel Umtiti, was put on the transfer market for sale. As no team came up with a concrete and permanent offer, Barcelona had to settle for a temporary solution.

For the player, he made peace with the fact that the signings of Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde will only affect his growth at Barcelona.

So in July 2022, Barcelona confirmed their centre-back had left the team for Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan. Speaking about the move, the French international said that he joined Antonio Conte’s team to ‘live a new experience’.

“I came here to live a new experience and I wanted to play more minutes. When you are 27 years old, you want to be involved. That was my first idea,” the defender told The Times (relayed by Mundo Deportivo).

The defender, who has so far made seven appearances for his new team also confirmed that Tottenham do not have a purchase option in the deal. Regardless of that, however, he left the doors wide open, saying that ‘if everything is okay, the parties involved will talk about it’.

“In the contract, there is no purchase option but we are in October. It is the beginning of the season and we have to wait before thinking about this. 

“I have to be good on the field and help the team. Maybe if everything is okay, We’ll talk. But it’s too soon,” he added.

For now, the former Sevilla defender will hope to play as many matches as he can, especially after making a solid start to the new life in London.

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