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Puyol rejects Milan speculation

May 8, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Carles Puyol has quickly moved to rubbish rumours he could be set for a summer transfer to AC Milan.

Carles Puyol
PA PhotosCarles Puyol is an AC Milan supporter

Barcelona television show ‘La Porteria’ claimed on Tuesday night that the Barcelona captain, 35, had decided to leave the Camp Nou and join the Serie A giants. The report caused a sensation in Catalonia, especially as Puyol signed a new contract just last January which runs until June 2016.

But the defender, currently recovering from a knee operation undertaken in mid-march, calmed the situation by tweeting on Wednesday that he was going nowhere.

"All the information that is coming out is false,” Puyol said. “I am just focused on recovering well and being at my best for next season.”

The transfer rumours were given some credence as Puyol had admitted in February, prior to the two teams’ Champions League last 16 meeting, that he was a long time fan of the Rossoneri.

"My second team is Milan,” he said then. “I always want them to win, except when they play against us. I have never hidden that I would have liked to play here, but now I am getting old. I know for sure I will retire at Barca. But I will always be a Milan fan.”

The Catalan defender's fitness should not stop him celebrating Barca’s title win later this week, which will be the sixth of his career. He has also won three Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys in 14 seasons in a Blaugrana jersey.

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