Sevilla president confirms Liverpool approach for Alberto Moreno
Following recent reports in the press that Liverpool have lodged a bid for young Sevilla full-back, Alberto Moreno, club president José Castro has confirmed there has been an approach by the Merseyside club.
Amongst a number of topics up for discussion, as Sevilla president José Castro appeared on the official television station of the club, was the futures of key players Alberto Moreno and Ivan Rakitic.
After much speculation and press coverage of a €20 million offer from Liverpool, the Sevilla president was asked outright, if indeed this is the case. Whilst he wouldn’t deny there’s been contact, he insisted no deal has yet been done.
“It’s true that there’s interest from Liverpool and we’re waiting to to see if that turns into a reality, which right now, it isn’t.”
Regarding the ongoing saga surrounding midfielder, Ivan Rakitic, after the player’s father confirmed there have been approaches from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, with the latter thought to now be favourites, Castro was equally clear that he wants the Croatian to remain at Sevilla.
“The contract renewal offer to Rakitic is really important to us, as a part of our budget for the next season. We want Rakitic to stay so that the team remains powerful, we really want him to stay.”
There was an admission of frustration from the Sevilla president however, who is frustrated that having reached a verbal agreement some months ago, the player still hasn’t put pen to paper on his new deal.
“Rakitic still has a year left on his contract and we’ll have to analyse what comes. The truth of the matter is that many months have gone by, since we reached an agreement with him and he’s still not signed. We’re frustrated about that and I am particularly.”
One thing that Castro wished to underline, is that no matter how valuable a player at the club may seem, whilst Sevilla have made it clear they don’t need to sell, they also have no intention of retaining players that don’t want to stay, although it’s the club who will decide their values ahead of any potential sales.
“What I’m clear about is that we’ll not force anyone to stay at Sevilla. Whoever wants to leave can do so, but we’ll be the ones setting the prices. This club is experiencing a time of economic stability and we don’t need to sell. We’re going to be firm about this and we’ll only consider selling outside the market, which gives us the opportunity to make our team competitive.”
Recent reports have claimed that interest in Rakitic from Real Madrid and Barcelona has cooled in recent weeks, placing Atlético Madrid as favourites, although it’s obvious that Sevilla certainly won’t let him leave on the cheap.