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Mathieu Flamini laughs off claim he will launch takeover bid at Arsenal

Mathieu Flamini has dismissed the notion he will attempt to buy Arsenal after rubbishing claims he has £27billion in the bank.

Former Gunners midfielder Flamini is co-founder of GF Biochemicals, the first company able to produce Levulinic acid – an environmentally-friendly alternative to oil – on a large scale.

The company has grown at a huge rate in recent years and is valued at many billions of pounds, prompting speculation Flamini had become one of the richest footballers alive.

But he refuted this claim in 2018, telling L'Equipe : "Contrary to what I read, I do not have €30billion in my bank account."

And Flamini, who made 246 appearances across two spells with the Gunners, insists he has no aspirations to wrest control at the Emirates from current owner Stan Kroenke.

Quizzed by The Athletic on whether he could launch a takeover bid at Arsenal, Flamini said: “No! Don’t ask me how I’ll be involved in football, because it’s not something I’ve thought about.

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"But, definitely, it’s something which I’ve been part of forever in my life. I will always want to be part of this community.”

Flamini, 36, last played for Getafe in 2019 and left the door open to signing for a new club as he discussed his future plans.

He added: “I haven’t announced my retirement yet. I still feel good and healthy!

"When you take care of your health, when you eat healthy, when you drink water, when you sleep well, I will say you age better.

"I’m feeling very good and I haven’t decided to continue or to stop, that’s the first aspect.

“The second aspect is obviously I’ve been in the industry of football forever, that’s the industry I know the most. So, obviously, I will always want to be close to that industry and to stay involved.”

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