Pool ace is upset over fresh claims from Spain

STEVE McMANAMAN and Liverpool yesterday reacted angrily to claims from Barcelona's vice-president Joan Gaspart that he is set to join the Spanish giants after the World Cup. The suggestion came on the same day as Faustino Asprilla completed his move back to Parma from Newcastle.

Gaspart claimed a £12million deal had been agreed with McManaman and the club - the third time such a move has been mooted.

But McManaman, 25, hit out yesterday at the reports from Spain. ''How can I be expected to keep commenting on something that has no truth whatsoever.
''I've got an important game tonight against Newcastle, and that's all I want to concentrate on.''

Liverpool, who did accept a £12.3million bid from the Spanish giants in August only for the move to founder after McManaman's personal talks broke down, were equally damning about the claims.

Barcelona vice-president Joan Gaspart sparked the latest reports by telling Spanish newspaper El Mundo: ''Everything has been agreed with the player and the club. ''If (coach) Louis Van Gaal wants him, he will come after the World Cup.''

McManaman has also told friends that he is becoming increasingly annoyed by what seem to be attempts to unsettle him on the eve of big matches.

Copyright - Paul Walker

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