Bordeaux president Stephane Moulin has joked that if new, head coach Gus Poyet wanted to sell star man Malcom, he would be whisked off to a psychiatrist.
The 20-year-old Brazil has been one of the shining lights of Ligue 1 this season, playing to a regularly high standard, scoring spectacular goals and attracting the likes of Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal to him.
His side, though, have suffered a disappointing season and sacked Jocelyn Gourvennec prior to the weekend’s 1-0 win over Nantes.
Speculation from the Gunners and United may have cooled, but there are still questions over the future of the former Corinthians youth, with Tottenham linked with a potential move. Moulin, however, has indicated that Poyet will have no say in the Brazilian’s future – whether he likes it or not, the attacker is staying.
"If there's a coach who wants Malcom to leave, we'd have to take him to see a psychiatrist,” he said.
“The coach doesn't have a veto on the sale of Malcom. It's been said time and again that Malcom won't leave.
“We said it in the summer a lot, when I felt like I spent the whole month with his agents. There have been no proposals. We can reiterate, therefore, Malcom won't leave; he'll finish the season here. And whatever happens, I don't think there's a problem with him."
Meanwhile, West Ham striker Diafra Sakho and Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic continue to be linked with a move to Bordeaux.