Arsenal midfielder Willian has refused to acknowledge any rumor of Barcelona being keen on his signature last summer.
“There are always rumours, but I didn’t know about any other official offer,” Willian told FourFourTwo.
“Indeed, there was a lot of talk about Barcelona for the past few seasons, but I wouldn’t have gone there just because they’re Barca.
“I wouldn’t go to any club without hearing about their targets and what they wanted from me.
“It wouldn’t be nice to be there or anywhere else if you weren’t going to be a big part of the project and didn’t play much.
“Arsenal were the only club to show me a project that would fit with my ambitions, and they’re one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
The former Chelsea midfielder also went on to make big claims about his current boss Mikel Arteta.
“He’ll be a top manager, I’ve no doubt about it,” Willian said of Arteta.
“The potential is there, as is the ambition. In a few years he’ll be considered one of the best managers in the Premier League – and the world.
“Obviously you must win trophies to be considered one of the best, and it will happen for him sooner rather than later. I’m impressed with the way he talks and explains his tactical thoughts – he’s quick to read the game and make adjustments when needed. It’s been fantastic to train under him so far and I’m learning a lot.”
Maybe, Barcelona can look at him as a future option – Mikel does love the Catalan club!