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Dest ‘definitely staying’ at Barcelona and hoping for injury-free season

Sergino Dest has categorically ruled out a move away from Barcelona this transfer window and is hoping to play a more prominent role for the Blaugrana this season.

The United States international has recently been linked with a move away from Camp Nou, with Chelsea reportedly among those interested.

Dest has spent the past two seasons at Barca, having joined from Ajax in a worth an initial €21million.

And he has made 70 appearances in all competitions.

That is a tally bettered only by seven other Barcelona players since his debut in October 2020, though he was restricted to just 23 starts last season after being hit by injuries.

He did not score any goals, while fellow full-back Jordi Alba registered four times as many assists as his three.

However, the 21-year-old has rejected suggestions that he is looking to kick-start his career away from Catalonia ahead of the World Cup.

Dest told reporters:

“I’m not thinking about transfers now.

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Dest 'definitely staying' at Barcelona and hoping for injury-free season

“I’m happy at this club so I will stay here.

“I need to get fit. I returned from an injury and had two injuries last year on one side.

“So I don’t want any more damage.

“I’m taking this seriously. I want to ensure I can play the whole season without any injuries.”

Dest played the first half of Barcelona’s preseason opener on Wednesday, a 1-1 draw with Olot.

Xavi’s side now travels to the United States to face Inter Miami, Real Madrid, Juventus and New York Red Bulls.

“This preseason is important for me, and I think, as well, for everyone because it’s just the basis for the whole season,” Dest added.

“It’s going to be a great season for all of us. We all can’t wait to play that as well for the ones that have a World Cup coming up.”

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