Valencia rule out Juan Mata sale

Valencia President Manuel Llorente has ruled out a summer departure for star man Juan Mata in spite of increased speculation around the attacker’s future.

The Spanish international has been linked in the summer considerably with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter, but it seems Mata will not suffer the same fate as David Villa and David Silva.

The two former Valencia stars were sold by the club for big money last summer as the club aimed to service their substantial debt. In spite of reducing that by almost €200m inside two years, aided by Villa and Silva’s departures, the club’s Coach Unai Emery recently conceded to Marca that they could still have to sell Mata if a European giant offered big money.

However, Llorente has contradicted those comments much to the delight of Valencia fans, with the former Real Madrid Castilla player looking set to stay at the Mestalla for the coming season. He told Superdeporte: “The decision is clear and money will not change our position. Valencia will not sell to any club that wants to buy Mata.”

The World Cup and European Under-21 Championship winner had been suggested as a possible replacement for Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal as the Gunners’ captain is expected to seal a transfer to Barcelona, whilst Mata had also been linked with Inter due to the uncertainty surrounding their playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

Last season, Mata managed 33 league appearances, scoring eight goals in the process and was instrumental in helping the Spain win the European Under-21 Championships earlier this summer.

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