Barca - Milito not for sale

Catalan giants have no plans to offload Argentine centre-half

Milito: Over injury nightmare

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Barcelona have told Real Zaragoza that there is no chance of them re-signing Gabriel Milito now that he has recovered from a long-term injury because he is wanted at Camp Nou, according to the player's representative.

Los Manos made an enquiry about the defender's availability and were advised to look elsewhere as Pep Guardiola regards the Argentinian as an important part of his squad.

Milito joined Barca in 2007, after four years with Zaragoza, and made 27 appearances before suffering a knee ligament injury in May 2008 that saw him miss the whole of last season.

Having battled back to fitness Milito is close to a return to action and that attracted the interest of Marcelinho Garcia Toral at La Romareda, but Barcelona are adamant he is staying put.

"Yes, Zaragoza asked if there is the possibility of a transfer," Milito's agent Eduardo Gamarnik told RAC 1.

"But Guardiola is counting on him for this season and is sure he'll be fine."