GOAL - Chris Burton
The agent of Barcelona forward Malcom has sought to distance his client from reports suggesting that a summer switch to AC Milan could be on the cards.
The Brazilian only joined the ranks at Camp Nou in 2018 move to Italy appeared to be on the cards at one stage, with Roma reaching an agreement with Bordeaux.
Barca were to hijack that deal and push through a £36 million ($46m) transfer of their own.
Big things were expected of the South American in Catalunya, but he has become a fringe figure.
Malcom has figured in just 19 games this season, while making only three La Liga starts.
Exit speculation surfaced within months of his arrival in Catalunya, and a lack of action since has sparked further transfer talk.
Milan, along with rivals Inter, have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old, as well as Premier League side Tottenham.
Malcom’s representative has, however, rubbished claims that discussions with suitors have already been opened.
Luis Fernandi Menez Garcia told Mundo Deportivo when quizzed on the Milan links: “I'm not talking to any club.”
He also pointed out that he is the only person who can discuss Malcom’s future, so reports of others entering into talks on his behalf are wide of the mark.
A highly-rated forward has offered no suggestion that he is looking for a way out of Barca.
Exit speculation surfaced within months of his arrival in Catalunya, with Malcom posting on social media back in November: “About news that came out here in Spain, I want to clarify this: I came to Barcelona with many objectives, and those who know me know that I am a very determined person.
“I'm very happy with my development with every passing day. My objective is to make my dreams come true.
“My family is also adapting very well to the city. Anyway, I'll continue fighting for everything I desire in my career.”
There does not appear to have been any relaxing of that stance, with Malcom still chasing down a treble in 2018-19.
Barcelona can wrap up the Liga title this weekend, while they are also through to the Copa del Rey final and semi-finals of the Champions League.