Long story short. Yes I know this guy has a crush on me, he admitted it and I politely declined his invitation to start dating as I only saw him as a friend. I gave him the option to still continue being friends or leaving the friendship as casual friends/acquaintances. He still wanted to remain friends, but he took time out to get his feelings together.
I have other guy friends who he knows mutually, but not well. They sometimes also invite him to play games with me and them but he declines saying "we (as in me) are playing X" and I sense its him trying to "gatekeep" me from them or getting a bit insecure. He also talks shit about them too saying "they are bad" and so apparently everyone is bad!
Those friends think we are dating, and the friend enjoys that, but I do not because it is completely false. He has really become a thorn in my side for a lot of my friends or people I know who I do hobbies with. I have asked him to stop referring to us as "we" as it makes us seem like a couple and he gets upset from it. He seems like he is trying to claim like I am his because he was friends with me first type shit.
I am honestly over it now, he is a nice guy don't get me wrong, I have tried setting him up with other girls I know but he gravitates back to me. I have tried minimising contact from him as well to texting twice a week for an hour but nothing has changed.
He is a hopeless romantic and is very attached to me.