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Barcelona president Rosell hoping Man Utd target Thiago stays

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell hopes to keep hold of Thiago Alcantara.

The midfielder is being linked with Manchester United and Manchester City.

It had been reported that Alcantara's buy-out clause fell from 90million euros (£76.5m) to 18m euros (£15.3m) because he did not play 60 per cent of the club's games last season, but Rosell said: "It's the other way round, if he had played the necessary number of games, the clause would have risen from 18m euros to 90m.

"I understand that he wants to play more games, but I'd like him to stay on at the club and become as important as Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta and Sergio Busquets."

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