The President of CF Valencia, Manuel Llorente, has ruled out the departure of Juan Mata.
Mata has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, a move President Llorente cannot allow to happen if the club wants to retain third place.
In a recent interview the Valencia President said, “Juan Mata is not for sale… we have not received any offers for the player. The news that appears in the media is just rumours.”
Mata has already made a name for himself internationally, at youth and senior level. So far he has won the UEFA U19s Championship in 2006 and the U21s version in 2011.
The 23-year-old enjoyed one of his best seasons last year; he was involved in almost a third of Valencia’s goals last season.
The Spanish international joined Valencia from Real Madrid B in 2007 and cemented his place in the La Liga side at the young age of 19.
The sale of Mata seems unlikely as Mata’s father, who is also his agent, was quoted last Friday saying, “There have been calls from foreign clubs but now the decision rests with Valencia.”
However it is possible, with Manchester City being one of the reportedly interested clubs, that a fee, considerably higher than an already offered €20m, could sway Llorente’s mind.
Written by Thomas Munson
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