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Barcelona forward Bojan will not be leaving the club in what remains of the January transfer window, despite reports linking him with a possible move to the Premier League.

Bojan, 19, became the youngest ever player to score in a league game for Barcelona when netting against Villarreal in October 2007 but his progress has slowed somewhat in recent months, largely due to the impressive form of fellow academy graduate Pedro.

Coach Pep Guardiola has only started Bojan in three league games this season and it is reported that Manchester City have shown an interest in the player who is believed to be a long-term target for Arsenal.

But FIFA agent Zoran Vekic, who is a close confidant of Bojan's family, is convinced that a January departure from Camp Nou is not a realistic prospect as the forward is determined to succeed at Barca.

"There is no option of leaving in the winter market," Vekic told Soccernet. "In June we will re-evaluate the situation but right now it is a mystery because it is not yet known who the next president of Barcelona will be.

"In addition, Guardiola has not yet signed his contract extension. In football who knows? Of course he's not playing many minutes but perhaps next week he will play and begin to score goals and then things change completely.

"He is not discouraged despite playing few minutes. The eruption of Pedro has reduced his minutes but he continues working to have opportunities to play because his dream is to be successful in Barcelona."

Blackburn Rovers, amongst other clubs, were linked with an audacious bid to bring Bojan to the club on loan last summer and Vekic admits the player did attract substantial interest before Barcelona decided to keep him at Camp Nou.

"It is not true that he refused a loan in the summer," Vekic said. "It was Barcelona who were against it. Clubs from Spain and the Premier League asked for him."


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