Puyol shrugs off Manchester City links

Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol has rubbished reports linking him with a summer switch to Manchester City.

The 31-year-old, who has made more than 300 appearances for the Catalan giants since graduating from the club's B team in 1999, is believed to be on the cash-rich Blues' wish-list, with Mark Hughes also reportedly targeting Chelsea captain John Terry and Everton stopper Joleon Lescott.

However, Puyol will not be swapping the Nou Camp for Eastlands during the close-season, after insisting that he has no intention of parting company with the Spanish treble winners.

"The truth is that today I am very calm,” he said, as reported by El Mundo Deportivo.

“I am contracted for another year at Barcelona and now we are working on the negotiations of a new deal.

“I have enjoyed every season here and I want to stay. For me there is no problem and I am not interested in the rumours in the papers.”

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