Barcelona defender Óscar Mingueza has insisted he has not spoken to the club about his future amid talk of interest from other clubs, including Brighton and Hove Albion.

Mingueza has been a regular for Barcelona this season, with 19 appearances in La Liga to his name.

That’s brought particular interest to his contract situation, with his current deal expiring in the summer but the Catalan giants having a two-year option to extend.

Mundo Deportivo reported last week that is an option that the club’s directors are keen to take up, although the decision ultimately lies with Ronald Koeman and whether he wants him next season.

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If he doesn’t, several sides have already expressed an interest, with Brighton said to be among the first to ‘sound out’ the player about a potential move.

It wasn’t stated in the article whether they were keen on a permanent move or loan deal, although given Barça are looking at extending his contract, it would probably be the latter.

Much, of course, will depend on what both parties decide to do, and he’s insisted there have been no talks as yet.

“We haven’t talked about my future; there was no board of directors,” he told El Larguero.

“But I’m not worried; there’s still a long season to go. I hope to stay at Barça for many years.

“If they had told me a year ago that I was like this, I would have burst out laughing; it was almost unthinkable. I’m very calm, nothing has been discussed, but I’m very calm.”