West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has sought to shed some light on reports suggesting that he once turned down the opportunity to take in a trial at Barcelona.
Back in 2005, the tricky winger was busy making a name for himself at Livingston.
Having burst onto the scene with the Scottish side, Snodgrass was a talent very much in demand.
Barcelona were rumoured to have made an approach, during a period in which a young Lionel Messi was starting a make his mark in the first team at Camp Nou.
He said in The Sun: “You’d have to be insane to reject a trial at Barcelona.
“No-one would turn down a chance like that but I don’t think about what might have been because it never happened.
“Everyone is intrigued by this story. It comes up all the time. But I don’t know how to even begin to explain it.
“I was 17-years-old and playing for Livingston when it was reported that I’d refused to go to the Nou Camp for a trial.
“I’ve been told that various clubs and agents were involved but I honestly don’t know anything about it.”
Rather than heading for Catalonia, Snodgrass moved to Elland Road in 2008 after a spell on loan at Stirling Albion at the end of the 2006-07 season.
He has since taken in spells at Norwich and Hull City, with a switch to West Ham completed during the 2017 January transfer window.