St Etienne warn Arsenal, Portsmouth off star pair

St Etienne insist Blaise Matuidi and Mouhamadou Dabo are not for sale.

St Etienne insist Blaise Matuidi and Mouhamadou Dabo are not for sale.

Arsenal are chasing both players, while Portsmouth are keen on Matuidi as a direct replacement for new Real Madrid signing Lassana Diarra.

St Etienne coach Alain Perrin told RMC: “Regarding departures, Sebastien Grax is allowed to move on because he deserves to play more.

“Matuidi and Dabo are not transferable; they said they don’t want to leave the club, which was useful to stop the rumours.

“They are going to finish the season with us.”

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