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Today’s top stories:
I’m aware there’s been some interesting speculation about Manchester City not wanting to sell players to Arsenal anymore after the success they’ve had since Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko joined in the summer.
I’m told nothing has been decided internally on this; but of course, after Gabriel and Zinchenko performances, it’s quite normal that they don’t want to keep selling players to the same club.
On the other hand, I think it was no mistake to sell them to Arsenal as they needed fresh money to invest on Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Manuel Akanji and Zinchenko/Gabriel only wanted to join Arsenal, so they had no other option.
Frenkie de Jong: “I am very happy in Barcelona. When I play it’s great and in terms of living here life is perfect. I see myself at Barcelona for as long as possible. I personally hope for another 8 or 10 years.
“I never got the feeling that Xavi was against me. To the media he said that he was happy with me but that there’s also the financial part of the club. I really don’t put the blame on Xavi.”