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

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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 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 (12) 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.

"I'm not thinking about transfers at the moment," Dest told reporters. "I'm happy at this club, so I will definitely stay here.

"For me, personally, I really need to get fit. I came back from an injury, then had two injuries last year on one side, so I don't want any injuries anymore.

"I'm taking this really serious. I want to make sure that I can play the whole season without any injuries."

Sergino Dest registered three assists last season
Sergino Dest registered three assists last season

Dest played the first half of Barcelona's pre-season opener on Wednesday, a 1-1 draw with Olot.

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

"This pre-season is really 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. Personally, for the ones that have a World Cup coming up, we all can't wait to play that as well."

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