London, Oct 18(ANI): Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has slammed English Premier League clubs Manchester City and Arsenal for trying to destabilize their players by offering them huge money.
The comments are likely to be met with some hilarity as the Nou Camp club spent years apparently tapping up transfers targets, such as Arsenal captains Cesc Fabregas and Thierry Henry, and they also signed Alex Song from the Gunners this summer after a very public pursuit.
Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure moved from Barcelona to City in 2010 for a stunning 24 million pounds, and City are now eyeing World Cup winner with Spain, Sergio Busquets as a signing for next summer.
"City are now doing at first team what Arsenal have been doing at academy: call players and offer them lots of money," the Daily Mirror quoted Rosell, as saying.
"We are the best in the world, so other clubs want to emulate our success at every level and with every policy. They want to repeat our success and cause us to lose. But we will remain calm and focused on ourselves," he added.
"Busquets is the last try from City and in the past we have had the same situation for Messi, (Victor) Valdes, Xavi (Hernandez) and (Carlos) Puyol. But they have all stayed and this is the power and force of Barca," he said.
Rosell further said: "Some clubs have asked about Messi, but Leo personally has refused to negotiate." (ANI)