Zubi denies Sanabria claims

Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has denied reports youngster Antonio ‘Tony’ Sanabria is set to quit the club.

The 17-year-old’s agent, Raul Verdu, told Paraguay’s 95.5FM radio station that his client would seek a move away from the Camp Nou if he was not given a first-team opportunity relatively soon, a claim that Zubizarreta rejected on Monday morning.

“Sanabria has a contract with us and neither he nor his agent has told us that he wants to leave,” the former goalkeeper told reporters.

The former goalkeeper was speaking at Barcelona airport en route to Amsterdam for his club’s Champions League fixture on Tuesday against Ajax, where he was asked about Isaac Cuenca’s situation at the club after being overlooked since Tata Martino took over.

“We have already spoken with Cuenca and his representative and they already know what the club wants,” he responded, before commenting on both Andres Iniesta and Jose Pinto’s contracts.

“I’ve already said that Iniesta’s renewal would be a good Christmas present, so we’ll see what happens.

“As for Pinto, I can say that he has a contract with us and is a Barca player,” asserted Zubizarreta.

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