By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has no intention of reporting Barcelona to FIFA following Xavi's remarks about Cesc Fabregas.
The Arsenal captain has been strongly linked with a move to his former club this summer and Xavi has added his voice to the speculation by claiming that Fabregas is "suffering because he wants to come [to Barcelona]”.
Wenger has accused the Barcelona midfielder of being disrespectful but, speaking at a press conference in China on Thursday, he admitted he would not take any formal action.
"I don't think it's a sentence big enough to report a club to FIFA," said Wenger. "The impression I had was that it wasn't respectful to our Club or to Cesc. I don't make more than that.
"It has to stop, of course. If there is a transfer negotiation between two clubs, I don't think it is healthy if players come out [and talk] who are not concerned by it. Unfortunately, in this case, it has happened a few times. It will not contribute to sort any problem out.
"Xavi has no direct part to play in that story and I don't see why he should, unless he has an official job to do for Barcelona. I don't see why he can go on the [official Barcelona] website and make this kind of statement."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source