Official: Malcom to Arsenal decided

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Bordeaux and their new manager Gus Poyet have ruled out winger Malcom leaving the club in January.

The 20-year-old Brazilian is a reported target for north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham but Les Girondins, who have appointed former Brighton boss Poyet to succeed Jocelyn Gourvennec, are standing firm.

Poyet revealed at his official unveiling on Monday that the future of Malcom was a key topic during his interview for the job.

“I asked straight away if Malcom would be staying or not,” he told L’Equipe.

“They said yes. I said OK, now we can continue the discussion.”

Club president Stephane Martin reiterated that stance.

“Malcom, it has been said and said again, he will not be leaving,” he said.

“He has said he wants to play in the Premier League one day. That is normal — what player wouldn’t want to play in England?

“There is no problem with Malcom.”

Bordeaux’s 1-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday was only their third in 15 Ligue 1 matches as Poyet takes on the task of turning the club’s fortunes around.


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