Josep Maria Bartomeu: ‘We don’t want to sell players’

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reiterated the club’s stance that they have no plans to sell Cesc Fabregas, Javier Mascherano or Xavi this summer.

After a disappointing 2013/14 season, the club have been linked with a number of stars as they look to bolster their squad after having their transfer ban suspended upon appeal.

A number of players have also been linked with the exit door, with Fabregas reportedly wanted by Manchester United for a second successive summer.

Fabregas has continued to claim he is happy in Spain, and Bartomeu insists the club have no plans to sell the former Arsenal man.

Make-shift centre-back Mascherano is also being linked with a move away from the Nou Camp, while Xavi’s poor performances have increased speculation that he could end his long stay with the club.

Despite the rumours, Bartomeu has moved quickly to deny that the trio will leave this summer.

He told Onda Cero: “We don’t want to sell players. Barca do not want to sell Fabregas or any other players that may appear to be on the market.”

He added: “Mascherano is a key player on the field, he stays at Barca.

“Xavi’s contract ends in 2016 and he has two more years with the club. Coaches rely on experience for the future, and he has been at the club for 16 years.”

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