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Simon Hopper runs the rule over the weekend World Cup play-off games between Russia v Slovenia, Greece v Ukraine and Portugal v Bosnia – click here to see his top tips and all the best betting.

Barcelona have denied reports that they are due to hold a meeting with Manchester City in Abu Dhabi regarding a possible deal for Robinho.

The Brazilian has been been linked with a move to the Catalan outfit on a number of occasions, and with City playing a friendly against United Arab Emirates on Thursday, a Barca delegation is due at the Zayed Sport City Stadium to watch the match.

However, Barcelona technical secretary Txiki Begiristain has denied that there would be talks between the two clubs regarding Robinho.

“We won’t be meeting with City,” said Begiristain on the club’s official website.

“We’re respectful and it hasn’t been decided who should come, not even if anyone has to come and who it should be.

“There’s a prior stage missing which is a meeting between Guardiola (Barcelona manager Pep) and me.

“Once the decision has been taken we will follow the strategy for any signing.

“This meeting hasn’t taken place yet. So we’re going to see the City match and that’s all.”

Blues manager Mark Hughes has insisted that Robinho will be staying at the club, although the player and his agent father have hinted at their desire to move to Spain.

Simon Hopper runs the rule over the weekend World Cup play-off games between Russia v Slovenia, Greece v Ukraine and Portugal v Bosnia – click here to see his top tips and all the best betting.

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