Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz has laughed off speculation that he has spoken with Barcelona about a future move to Camp Nou.
The 19-year-old, who has recently made his return from a serious knee injury, is widely heralded as one of the best young players on the planet and repeatedly sees himself linked with a number of the game’s top sides.
Indeed, recently it’s Barcelona who have been touted as suitors, with Sky Germany claiming that the Blaugrana had reached out to Wirtz’s father, who is also his agent, to discuss a move in the near future.
Asked if there was any truth to the speculation, Wirtz was adamant he knew nothing of supposed interest from Barcelona.
“I haven’t heard anything from my father about Barcelona, and I was surprised when I read it,” Wirtz told a press conference.
“I still have goals with Leverkusen and the national team. I’m not looking too much into the future. I have been very busy with my injury.”
While many reports cite 2024 as a potential transfer date for Wirtz, the teenager remains under contract in Leverkusen until 2027, with the German side tying him down shortly after his injury to prove their commitment to him.
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are both regularly linked with Wirtz as well, but his current focus is on rediscovering his best form now that he is finally back from injury.
“I have no more pain or aftereffects,” he explained. “We have reached the goal of getting the knee back to 100%. “I think there’s still a few percentages to optimise. I will continue to work over the next few weeks. I still have the same mindset and nothing has changed since the injury.”