Thiago Gunners link rejected
Fabregas swap talk dismissed with Thiago set to stay at Barca
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: June 6, 2011 4:44pm
Thiago: Not going to Arsenal as part of any reported deal for Fabregas
Thiago Alcantara's father has rejected reports that the Barcelona starlet could go to Arsenal as part of a swap deal for Cesc Fabregas.
Reports have suggested Barcelona were prepared to offer Thiago in part-exchange in a £50million swoop for long-term transfer target Fabregas.
20-year-old Thiago is highly-rated at Camp Nou, but he has found first-team opportunities hard to come by because of Barca's star-studded line-up.
It had been suggested Barcelona were hoping to finally persuade Arsenal to part with Fabregas by offering Thiago as part of the deal.
However, Thiago's father, former Brazil international Mazinho, claims the midfielder is going nowhere as he remains part of Pep Guardiola's plans.
"We have seen the news in the papers, but I belive that Thiago is in the plans of Guardiola for next season," Mazinho told EFE.
"My son stays at Barcelona. They have a contract and we have decided it's continuity.
"Thiago is developing and needs to evolve.
"This season was important, but next season could be better."