By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has laughed off suggestions that Arsenal have agreed to sell Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona next summer.

Not a week goes by without the Arsenal captain being linked with a return to his home country and the latest reports claim that the two clubs have made a ‘pact’ to do business at the end of the season.

Wenger is clearly tired of fielding questions about Fabregas at every pre-match press conference but he understands why they keep coming.

When presidential elections loom at Spain’s top clubs, candidates chase votes by making outlandish claims about the players they will bring in if they win. That keeps the rumour-mill turning but Wenger thinks the system is destabilising for the rest of football.

“I believe that apart from giving some articles to the newspapers all the rest is rubbish,” said Wenger after the latest Fabregas rumour was put to him.

“It doesn’t help football, it doesn’t help people to focus on their job and it is sometimes destabilising.

“The way Spanish clubs are run is more political than sport-orientated. How much does that harm other clubs? It is difficult to measure. But it doesn’t help other clubs when somebody who has, for example, no chance to be elected next year as president, can announce any name. What can you do against him? Nothing.

“Does that help other clubs? Certainly not. The only thing I can say that the day I will agree to sell a player one year in advance, I will not be in this job any more.”

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21 Aug 2009