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Ganso: I guarantee I will not leave

Santos playmaker Ganso has confirmed that he will not be leaving the club this summer, despite continual links with Milan.

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Reports from Brazil have suggested that DIS, who own 45% of the player's economic rights (the same stake as Santos), are keen to find the player a new club before the transfer window closes.

However, the player himself is not concerned with any fights over his ownership and insists that he is fully focused on playing for Santos.

"I have given my word to president [Luis Ribeiro] and I want to make it clear for the fans: I will play the Club World Cup and there will be the centenary next year," Ganso said. "I have not received any offer and I believe neither have Santos.

"The Santos fans need to know that this fight is between DIS and Santos, and not Ganso and Santos. I have given my word and I can guarantee to all the fans I will not leave."

Santos' director of football Pedro Conceicao added that the club would never accept Ganso's transfer to rival Corinthians and that the Brazilian will play a part in their Club World Cup campaign in December.

"The player does not have the character to make a negotiation like this - it is impossible," he told Lancenet. "Even though Ganso is more reserved and shy, he has a very strong character. He would not do something like that to Santos.

"If the player really wants to leave the club, then he will come to us and we will talk. But I believe he will stay to play the Club World Cup [in December]. If he wants to leave, he will leave through the front door."

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