Maxi opts to stay at Barca
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Maxi Lopez has announced that he is determined to stay at Barcelona.
Maxi Lopez has announced that he is determined to stay at Barcelona and fight for a place in the team despite several clubs expressing an interest in taking him on loan for the rest of the season.
The Argentinian forward has been linked with a move to Real Betis and a number of Premiership clubs, including West Ham, after struggling to force his way into Frank Rijkaard's table-topping side.
Barca left the decision in the player's hands and he opted to remain at Camp Nou, claiming that he is still learning following a move from River Plate last January.
"I can triumph in this team," Lopez explained. "Staying at Barcelona is not a question of money, because I have had chances to join other clubs, it is because I am learning so much here.
"I am anxious to show everyone that I deserve to play. I feel very good and am ready for anything because I have been waiting for an opportunity.
"We are going for three titles," he continued. "I think that there will be chances for everyone.
"I am delighted with the support that I have had from the players and the coaching staff. The board and coaches have always left the decision about my future down to me, which is a gesture that I am very grateful for.
"I have learnt so much. I just want to keep on taking everything in at the moment and am only thinking about Barcelona."