Valencia manager Unai Emery has dismissed claims that flamboyant duo David Villa and David Silva are prepared to move away from the Mestalla,despite persistent interest shown in the pair by European giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Emery insists that the pair are as committed to the Spanish club as they were when they first pulled on the white and orange jersey; countering the brash stance of his European rivals by saying yesterday that the super Spaniards are “priceless” and that they both want to stay in the city.
27 year old marksman Villa will be playing a friendly against Manchester United on wednesday night, but Los Che boss Emery has issued a hands-off warning to Alex Ferguson and his fellow interested parties- nonchalantly brushing off mounting media speculation just like Villa did when he gracefully swept past defenders to score 27 goals in La Liga last season.
Meanwhile, 23 year old fledgeling superstar David Silva has been top of Rafael Benitez’s transfer shotlist, and he could also be a favourable replacement for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez if winger Arjen Robben were to wave goodbye to Los Merengues in the near future.
But, so vehement is Emery’s desire to maintain the rich talent that the club has, that he insists that Silva too will be staying in Valencia with settled compatriot Villa.
“Valencia want to keep David but he also wants to stay.”
“We don’t want to sell him because he is priceless. Barcelona and Real Madrid have already shown an interest in him but David decided to come back to us.”
It was originally thought that the internationally-renowned pair were to vacate Valencia this summer in order for the club to ease the deep debt that Valencia-cum-Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini had been wading in for almost 10 years prior to his exit. But, the doubt usually aroused when a club offloads it’s star players hasn’t been felt in the stands of the Mestalla- so, Valencia fans continue to optimistically anticipate the coming season, in the knowledge that their star players remain intact.