Ustari plays down Barca talk
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Independiente keeper Oscar Ustari has denied he has agreed to join Barcelona.
Independiente star Oscar Ustari has denied that he has already agreed to join Barcelona in June.
Reports in the Spanish press have suggested that the Primera Liga champions have tied up a é¼10million (£6.7million) deal for the 20-year-old goalkeeping prodigy who has also been courted by Real Madrid, Arsenal and Real Zaragoza.
However Ustari, who was a surprise inclusion in Jose Pekerman's World Cup squad, has now rubbished speculation that a move to Catalunya is imminent.
"I am very comfortable at Independiente," said Ustari.
"Of course I would like to have the chance to play for Barcelona in the future because it would be a very important step in my career.
"It is a fantastic team but for the moment I haven't signed anything and I am working very hard at Independiente ahead of the Torneo Clausura that starts next month."
Independiente president Julio Comparada has also emphasised that the club are yet to receive an offer for their keeper from any interested parties.
"Nobody has spoken with us or brought any official proposal for Ustari," insisted Comparada.
"If they have signed some kind of contract with the player that is something personal but if a team wants Ustari they will have to negotiate with Independiente.
"I have spoken to the player and he told me that he hasn't arranged anything with any team."