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Saturday 17 February 2018

Luis Enrique refuses to discuss Man City's reported interest in Claudio Bravo

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has brushed aside speculation linking goalkeeper Claudio Bravo with a possible move to Manchester City.

Chile international Bravo has been touted as a potential replacement for Joe Hart at the Etihad after new City coach Pep Guardiola dropped the England number one for Saturday's Premier League opener against Sunderland.

Media reports suggest a deal has already been struck for the 33-year-old to join City, but Luis Enrique - like his compatriot Guardiola did on Monday night - was giving nothing away at his press conference ahead of Wednesday's Spanish Supercup second leg against Sevilla.

The Barca boss said: "I understand the rumour mill is attractive but I don't want to and mustn't get involved in all that.

"What interests me is the final of the Supercup, gaining a title which is attractive for us."

However, when asked about the possibility of further changes being made to the Barca squad before the transfer deadline, Luis Enrique said: "I think, though I could be wrong, that some players are going to come in and I think that also some are going to leave."

Barca midfielder Javier Mascherano, meanwhile, insists he is none the wiser about Bravo's future - but hopes his fellow South American continues at the Nou Camp.

The Argentina international told a press conference: "We don't know anything. I don't know what the truth is. When a team-mate decides to leave it's because it's the best decision to take.

"Claudio gives us a lot, hopefully he'll stay. He's been a very important part of our team, but I don't know what his decision is. If he decides to go I will understand because we are professionals and we look for what's best for us and our family."

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