Afellay not leaving Barcelona, declares agent

The Dutchman has been linked with a move away from the Spanish giants this summer, but his representative insists a transfer is not an option for his charge
Rob Jansen, the agent of Ibrahim Afellay, has made it clear that the Netherlands international has no intention of leaving Barcelona during the summer transfer window.

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The winger has been linked with clubs such as Arsenal and Inter in the past few months, but he is happy with life at the Blaugrana and is keen to prove himself in Catalunya, according to the representative.

"People should not take all these rumours about an imminent transfer too serious," Jansen told Voetbal International.

"Leaving Barcelona is not an option at this point. Ibrahim is feeling very well at Barca and is getting playing time.

"It's true that there's plenty of interest, but that's always been the case. There's absolutely no reason for him to leave the club.

"Can we completely rule out a summer exit? You never know in football, but it's highly unlikely that he will leave Barcelona."

The 26-year-old joined Barcelona from PSV in January 2011, and has since made 20 La Liga appearances for the Catalans.

Afellay missed a large part of the 2011-12 campaign due to a knee injury, but made his comeback towards the end of last season.