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Celta Vigo forward Nolito cools Barcelona return speculation

Barcelona have been strongly linked with Nolito in recent months.

Nolito has distanced himself from a potential return to Barcelona, saying he is happy at Celta Vigo.

Nolito, 29, has reportedly attracted the Primera Division champions' attention by scoring seven goals in 10 appearances this season.

However, the Spain international, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, has said he has unfinished business at Celta.

He told Marca: "I'm here at Celta Vigo, I have a contract with Celta and I'm very comfortable here.

"I'm very happy with the way the Celta fans have treated me and I hope that remains the case for a long time."

Barca boss Luis Enrique knows Nolito well having coached him during his time in charge of the B team.

The Andalusian made his senior debut for the Catalans in 2010 but soon moved to Benfica.

Barcelona are through to the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after beating city rivals Espanyol 2-0 and 6-1 on aggregate.

Luis Enrique was the manager who brought him to Celta in July 2013 and Nolito has since scored 34 La Liga goals for the Balaidos outfit.

There had been suggestions that a move to Barca was all but complete, but Celta boss Eduardo Berizzo told reporters on Wednesday: "I've received no news from my club confirming that Nolito is on his way out.

"This is nothing new and it isn't the first time that I've answered questions on this matter. If a deal finally goes through, as I've already said previously, we'll have to replace him."

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