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Aug 22, 2012

Dos Santos spurns Sevilla interest

Jonathan Dos Santos wants to stay and fight for his place at Barcelona despite reported interest from Sevilla.

• Song revels in Barca switch

Seville-based newspaper Estadio Deportivo reported on Wednesday that Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova had a list of three players he was willing to see leave on season-long deals, with Dos Santos appearing alongside young winger Isaac Cuenca and Netherlands international Ibrahim Afellay.

The paper added that Sevilla had agreed a loan deal with Barcelona for Dos Santos but the player was not keen on the move. Dos Santos' lawyer, Vicente Montes, had told ESPN Deportes on Monday that his client was determined not to hurt his career by leaving the Camp Nou after seeing his brother, Giovani, suffer a downturn in form upon leaving the club.

"Jonathan's brother left Barcelona for another team and he saw how that went," Montes said. "He is confident he will get to play for Barcelona. He has two years of his contract left and he wants to stay at the best team in the world. He is confident he can compete at Barcelona. He has reached that decision himself. He has confidence in his own ability."

Giovani, 23, moved to Tottenham for £5.25 million in 2008. He has featured very rarely for the Premier League club since, but impressed on loan at La Liga side Racing Santander for six months in 2011, and also represented Mexico at the 2010 World Cup and this summer's Olympics.

Avoiding this stop-start career path was a concern for Jonathan, Montes said.

"He has to think about where he could go and he must remember Gio's case," he said. "The moment he left Barcelona for Tottenham was when he began to lose form. That has been the only place he had problems. He has succeeded with every other team."

Jonathan, 22, turned down the opportunity to play alongside his brother at London 2012 to ensure he could take a full part in his club's pre-season preparations. However, his hopes of first-team football look to have receded, with this week's €19 million arrival of Alex Song from Arsenal potentially pushing him further down the pecking order.

Sevilla are one of a number of clubs said to have offered to take Jonathan on loan for the season, but Montes said his client was not interested.

"There are alternatives, but not for a full sale," Montes said. "He has two more years (contract) at Barcelona and he wants to be useful for the best team in the world. He is working for that, and motivated to do that."

Estadio Deportivo also claims that Montes is to meet with Tottenham officials on Wednesday to discuss Giovani's future, with clubs in Italy and Spain - including Sevilla - interested in his signature.

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