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Arsenal warned off Matuidi move

By John Sinnott

Blaise Matuidi
Matuidi has played 24 times for the French Under-21 team

St Etienne have insisted midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who has been linked heavily with Arsenal, is not for sale.

The 22-year-old French Under-21 international has two years to run on his contract and is valued at £5m.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested he could buy two players before the transfer window closes.

But St Etienne's general manager Damien Comolli told BBC Sport: "The player is not for sale. I'm not aware of any club being interested in him."

Matuidi, who attended the renowned Clairefontaine academy, joined St Etienne in 2007 from Troyes.

He has played 24 times for the French Under-21 team.

St Etienne begin their Ligue 1 campaign on Saturday with a home fixture against Nice.



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