Bordeaux chief: Coach can’t veto sale of £40m Arsenal, Spurs target

Oli Fisher

Bordeaux president Stephane Moulin has insisted that new coach Gus Poyet cannot veto the sale of Malcom.

The forward has been linked with a £40m move to both Arsenal and Tottenham, however comments from Poyet suggested that was not a possibility.

As he was unveiled to the media on Monday, Poyet revealed that the future of Malcom was a key topic during his interview for the job.

“I asked straight away if Malcom would be staying or not,” he told L’Equipe.

“They said yes. I said OK, now we can continue the discussion.”

Now, Moulin has joked that Poyet would be sent to a psychiatrist if he wanted Malcom to be sold.

“If there’s a coach who wants Malcom to leave, we’d have to take him to see a psychiatrist,” he said.

“The coach doesn’t have a veto on the sale of Malcom. It’s been said time and again that Malcom won’t leave.

“We said it in the summer a lot, when I felt like I spent the whole month with his agents. There have been no proposals. We can reiterate, therefore, Malcom won’t leave; he’ll finish the season here. And whatever happens, I don’t think there’s a problem with him.”

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