Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta says the club currently have no plans to bring Oriol Romeu back from Chelsea.
Romeu left the Camp Nou last year, with the deal taking him to Chelsea initially said to contain a buy-back clause that could be exercised in either 2012 or 2013.
Andre Villas-Boas and Chelsea have remained adamant that the clause amounts to no more than a first option should the club decide to sell, and Zubizarreta now appears to have confirmed those claims.
"We have a first option on Oriol Romeu, but at this moment we don't plan to re-sign him," he told RAC1.
Romeu's agent had earlier suggested the midfielder could head back to Barcelona in 2013.