Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted once again that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale after reports appeared in recently of a secret meeting with Barcelona officials to discuss a possible move.
Wenger also hit out at the Spanish top flight, claiming that it was a weak league with only two worthwhile teams in it, with the world's top talent preferring to play in England.
For that reason alone, he asserted, Fabregas leaving would be absurd for the player from a sporting perspective.
"Of course there is a lot of talk but there is no official meeting about Cesc Fabregas," the Frenchman told reporters at his Friday press conference.
"Personally I don't know about that so I do not want to comment on that. I think that they must call us about the players who are here under contract who are in demand, so there is no secret meeting because we do not want to sell our players."
"Anyway, I can't see anyone who has a competitive edge wanting to go to Spain."
"They have two good teams, I'll admit that. But the number three is 27 points behind."
"This weekend the players go on strike because they are not paid."
"It is a league that is in complete disarray."
Wenger also cannot understand why any player who is truly competitive would want to play in Spain, and insists that he is inundated with requests from Spanish players wanting to come to the Emirates.
"I don't know why you want absolutely the best players who play in England to go to Spain," he added.
"If you are really competitive then you stay in England - that's where the competition is and that's where the best players want to be."
"I've so many calls from Spanish players who want to join us and want to come here that I cannot understand your persistent campaign to get our best players away from England."