'Fake news!' - Wenger dismisses Bellerin to Barcelona rumours

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The Frenchman says he finds it "very hard to take seriously" the rumours that have linked the full-back with a move away from the club

Arsene Wenger has once again brushed off suggestions that Hector Bellerin could leave Arsenal for Barcelona at the end of the season.

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The Catalans have long been linked with a move for the right-back - who signed a contract renewal until 2023 in November - and recent reports suggested they are ready to table a formal offer for the 21-year-old.

Bellerin himself has also commented this term that he is not interested in a return to Catalonia and Wenger says he cannot see how a deal could go through.

"Barcelona's alleged interest in Bellerin is very hard to take seriously," Wenger said at a news conference.

"He has just signed a new contract and still has many years left on his contract."

The Arsenal boss also addressed rumours that his right-hand man Boro Primorac is ready to walk away from Emirates Stadium.

"That is a complete invention," Wenger insisted.

"People just take information without checking it these days. Fake news."

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