In May, Xavier Mbuyamba’s representative Carlos Barros gave an interview to Voetbal International and claimed Chelsea had the ‘best credentials’ to make the 17-year-old’s joining.
The Blues failed to join the youngster because of the transfer embargo imposed on them by FIFA.
The defender was at second division Dutch side MVV Maastricht last campaign, and notwithstanding attracting interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool, FC Porto and Celtic, he ended up signing Barcelona in August.
Xavier Mbuyamba was picked up for the Netherlands U19 squad for this month’s international break and this allowed him to give an interview to the local media.
Speaking to Fox Sports, the teenager described how close he came to signing the Europa League winners.
“They wanted to offer me a three-year contract. But the transfer ban prevented me from going there. There were also many other clubs that wanted me, including FC Barcelona,” he said, as reported by Voetbal Primeur.
Mbuyamba would have been at Chelsea if not for their transfer embargo. He is currently featuring for Barcelona’s youth team, but the centre-back has his eyes set on representing the La Liga winners’ first-team shortly.
“I live on the La Masia training complex, with eighty other boys: soccer players, basketball players, handball players… It is going well, I have found my way, I train well and I play well,” he explained.
“I can play in Barça B for another three years after this season. But I hope to go to the first as soon as possible.”