Malcom to 'keep fighting' for Barcelona place amid exit reports

The Brazilian has played less than half an hour in La Liga, but Ousmane Dembele's potential January exit could open the door for him

Barcelona forward Malcom insists he has no intentions of leaving the La Liga champions.

The 21-year-old made his first start for the Catalan giants following his July move from Bordeaux in their 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday, but was replaced after 80 minutes by Arthur.

The Brazilian had played just 25 minutes over two substitute appearances before that start, but he used social media before the game to deny reports he had his eyes on an early exit from Ernesto Valverde's side.

"Regarding some news published in Spain, I want to clarify that I came to Barcelona with many objectives and those that know me know that I am a really determined person," he wrote on Instagram.

"I am happy with my evolution in my career and my dreams become a reality with each passing day.

"My family are also well adapted in the city. In summary, I am going to keep fighting for everything I desire from my career."

Malcom may not find getting into the side any easier after the Copa start. A well-rotated Barcelona side struggled to break down the Segunda B outfit. 

Clement Lenglet was the hero of the night for Barcelona. 

The centre-back was brought on in the second half an netted the match winner in what was a tame first-leg clash. 

Barca had scored 11 goals in three matches heading into the night, including a 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid at the weekend.