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Malcom staying put was key to Gus Poyet becoming Bordeaux boss

The Brazilian’s future was a deal-breaker for new boss Poyet.

Bordeaux and their new manager Gus Poyet have ruled out winger Malcom leaving the club in January.

The 20-year-old Brazilian is a reported target for north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham but Les Girondins, who appointed former Brighton and Sunderland manager Poyet on Saturday to succeed Jocelyn Gourvennec, are standing firm.

Poyet revealed as he was unveiled to the media on Monday that the future of Malcom was a key topic during his interview for the job.

“I asked straight away if Malcom would be staying or not,” he told L’Equipe.

“They said yes. I said OK, now we can continue the discussion.”

Club president Stephane Martin reiterated that stance on Monday.

“Malcom, it has been said and said again, he will not be leaving,” he said.

“He has said he wants to play in the Premier League one day. That is normal – what player wouldn’t want to play in England?

“There is no problem with Malcom.”

Poyet’s arrival has been met with scepticism by sections of the club’s fanbase but he is looking forward to winning them over.

“I am very happy, it’s a big club,” he said.

“I saw the (1-0 win) against Nantes, not an easy match. Eric (Bedouet, interim manager) did an exceptional job. I hope there will be more wins.

“I have watched a lot of games on video but I will learn a lot about the players, starting today.

“We have a big match on Sunday (against Lyon). The best way to win the supporters over is to win matches.”

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