Clichy dismisses Spain transfer links

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Arsenal’s French left-back Gael Clichy has dismissed rumours linking him with a big-money move to Spain to join either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old still has another two years of his current Gunners contract to run and he is in no hurry to move on just yet.

He told the London Evening Standard: “It is great that these teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid are looking at me.

“They are great teams as everyone knows, but all I want to say is that I am focused on the end of the season.

“I want to win something here. I have two years left on my contract, so it is not a question to answer.”

Clichy joined Arsenal from Cannes in 2003 and has since racked up well over 200 first-team appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side, scoring his one and only Gunners goal to date against Stoke City in November 2008.

Former Sevilla head coach Manolo Jimenez has revealed he would be interested in becoming Celtic's new manager.

Jimenez, who took Sevilla to the last 16 of the Champions League last season during three years in the hot-seat at the Spanish club, has emerged as an unlikely candidate to replace Tony Mowbray at Parkhead.

The 46-year-old former Spain international was, like Mowbray, sacked in March.

"I'd love to coach Celtic because they are the Real Madrid or Barcelona of Scotland with the biggest support," he told the Scottish Sun.

"I was manager of the Sevilla B team when Celtic fans invaded Seville for the UEFA Cup final against Porto. Seville welcomed the Celtic fans and they will always be remembered."