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Toulouse signing John Bostock: I had contract offer from Barcelona

New Toulouse signing John Bostock has revealed he was ready to sign for Barcelona when with Crystal Palace.

Bostock, speaking with Palace TV, admits he had an offer from Barca before choosing to sign for Tottenham.

“It was probably around the age of 14 or 15 when Barcelona made their interest [known]," he said. “They actually offered me a contract and asked me to sign for several years, which was obviously very attractive but we didn't think it would be in our best interests. Growing up in England you just think about the clubs here, you don't think of going abroad as an option. So when that came it was something you really had to consider.

“I was coming to the end of my last year at school, so would have been close to signing scholar terms [at Palace], and I wanted to stay, but obviously other factors came into it, agents and other peoples' advice.

“The people who were managing me at the time weren't happy with the offer that Palace gave so they were pushing me towards another option, but it was always my desire to stay at the club. Palace always made it clear that they wanted to keep me at the club and for me to go on to be a first-team regular and really take my place in centre midfield, so that was my plan also."

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