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Spain's players try to keep transfer speculation from creeping into Euro camp

Spain's players try to keep transfer speculation from creeping into Euro camp

A turbulent season for Spain players David Villa and David Silva has yet to draw to a close because of the European Championship and both still face questions over their future.
The pair have been subject to constant transfer speculation since Valencia took until the penultimate weekend of the season to avoid relegation.
Ronald Koeman, who had replaced Quique Sanchez Flores, won the Copa del Rey trophy but was fired since the team was near the bottom of the league standings when it had been expected to be a contender for the title and Champions League. Villa, who is expected to start alongside Silva in Tuesday's opening Group D match against Russia, has been linked with Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea.
"I'll say the same thing that David Villa has. We are totally concentrated on the national squad and all of these things we'll look at when we finish the Euro," Silva said from Spain's mountainside training base on Saturday. "If Valencia says I'm not transferable, you'll have to ask them."
Silva has been heavily linked with a move to FC Barcelona, which has already purchased four new players for next season, including Brazil defender Daniel Alves this week from Sevilla. Barcelona is overhauling its squad after its worst finish in five years.
Valencia, which will play in the UEFA Cup next season, has said it will only consider "serious" offers for either of its star players.
And Silva and Villa aren't the only players fueling offseason speculation in Spain's camp.
Juventus is looking at Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, while rookie squad member Sergio Garcia is facing questions over his future after Zaragoza was relegated to the second division a day before he joined the Spain squad for the first time.
On the field, Silva said he was recovered from illness after playing for only about an hour in a Euro 2008 warmup friendly against the U.S. on Wednesday.
"I feel better than I thought I would. In the match against the United States I found myself with a sore throat and I took some antibiotics, and today I feel a lot better and am available to the coach," the left winger said.


Updated : 2021-07-24 20:12 GMT+08:00