Senegal star turned down Barcelona

English Premier League

Senegal international Ismaila Sarr, who has been starring for Watford this season, has revealed he turned down a move to FC Barcelona three years ago.

Sarr has been key to Watford's revival under Nigel Pearson this season, which was evident in the 3-0 win over Liverpool last weekend where he bagged a brace.

However, things could have panned out differently for the Senegalese if he had not turned down Barcelona for a move to Rennes in 2017.

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“When I moved to Rennes in 2017, it was a last-minute transfer,” he told Watford's official website.

“It is true that I chose Rennes over Barcelona and I made this decision because I didn’t want to go to Barcelona to just sit on the bench or play in the B level.

“I wanted to play, I just really wanted to play and that’s why I chose to go to Rennes.

“I heard many good things about the place. I didn’t know anyone there before joining, though. It didn’t matter for me that the club was in France, all I cared about was playing.

“I didn’t feel any pressure from the big transfer fee, I never feel that kind of pressure with transfer prices.

“We had a good season when I went to Rennes. We finished fifth in the first season and we finished lower in the league the second season, but we won the Coupe de France, so we were really pleased because we qualified for the Europa League.”