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Vermaelen: Barcelona blocked Everton move

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen admits he was close to joining Everton last summer.

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last month, was keen to sign the Belgian.

And Vermaelen told DH: “The board told me they needed four centre-backs. I didn't have a choice but to stay.

“Clubs tried until the very last day, like Everton, but it was impossible. I wasn't even able to negotiate.

“I'm not commenting anymore on my personal situation, the last time I did it, it turned against me."

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