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Sunday, 9 July, 2000, 15:59 GMT
Figo dismisses transfer talk
Luis Figo
Figo insists he will be staying at the Nou Camp
Luis Figo has quashed rumours surrounding reports he had signed a pre-contract agreement to leave Barcelona for arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Speculation concerning the Portuguese star has been rife over the last few weeks when it appeared that Figo had put pen to paper in a deal with Real Madrid presidential candidate Florentino Perez.

Figo not commenting on the situation has fuelled the rumours but in an interview with Barcelona-based Sport newspaper, he denied the story, although he confirmed he had received offers.

"I want to reassure fans that Luis Figo, with all the certainty in the world, will be at the Nou Camp on July 24 to start the season," he said.

Contract

"And I want to remind people that whatever is said about other clubs, Luis Figo has a contract with Barcelona."

Figo had strong words when asked about the existence of a signed pre-contract agreement: "I'm not mad enough to do something like that."



I want to remind people that whatever is said about other clubs, Luis Figo has a contract with Barcelona
  Luis Figo

Figo's reputation was enhanced greatly helping Portugal to a semi-final place at Euro 2000 and he blamed the current situation on the refusal of president Josep Lluis Nunez to negotiate an improved contract.

"It's not my fault that other clubs are interested in me," he remarked.

Offers

"The first thing we did when we received these offers was to inform Nunez of them.

"They were offers that as a father and a human being and a professional footballer I had to take into account thinking about my future.

"Nunez always refused to talk about my contract. I never asked for what they're offering to pay me elsewhere, only that we should talk. Nunez knew that I was prepared to sign for less.

"I've enjoyed my time at Barcelona and my desire has always been to remain here. There's nowhere else like Barcelona," Figo concluded.

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