Barcelona insist no direct contact with Arsenal captain Van Persie

Barcelona have cooled talk of making contact with Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

Barcelona have cooled talk of making contact with Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

Barca say no contact has been made with the club or his agent and that they are focused on winning the Liga and Copa del Rey.

"Nothing exists with RVP," explained vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu after Saturday's 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.

"It's rumours that appear in the papers. We've not contacted Arsenal, nor his agent.

"Our focus is now on the Liga and Copa del Rey. It's necessary to be focused on the task at hand and not be distracted by the transfer market."

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