Mathieu Flamini addresses claims he has €30bn and Arsenal takeover links

Mathieu Flamini has refuted suggestions he could one day launch a bid to take over Arsenal – having previously addressed claims he has a whopping €30billion in the bank.

Flamini made 246 appearances during two spells with the Gunners, helping them to FA Cup triumphs in 2005, 2014 and 2015.

The 36-year-old also played for AC Milan, Marseille and Crystal Palace, but is currently without a club after leaving Getafe last year.

Off the pitch, Flamini is also known for his business interests, with the midfielder having co-founded GF Biochemicals.

Reports that the Frenchman has amassed a huge personal fortune through his firm have led to suggestions he could one day try to buy Arsenal.

But while he retains a strong bond with Arsenal, Flamini insists such reports are wide of the mark.

Asked by The Athletic  whether he is likely to launch a bid for control of his former club, Flamini said: “No!

“Don’t ask me how I’ll be involved in football, because it’s not something I’ve thought about. 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 has previously denied he has a bank balance €30bn (£27bn), which was reported by Forbes.

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Rejecting the notion that he is the world's richest footballer, he toldL'Equipe in 2018: "Well, it's important to rectify things.

"Contrary to what I read, I do not have €30billion in my bank account.

"And this sum does not correspond to the valuation of my company, GF Biochemicals."

He added: "In fact, [€30billion] is the total value of the market we want to 'attack' with the new technologies we have developed in recent years.

"There was a misunderstanding. It's as if we had given a single restaurant the value of the entire catering market in France."

Asked if he is a billionaire, Flamini said: "Oh no, not at all.

"I'm sorry about this story because I did not go into this business to make money."

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