Beast unlikely to extend deal
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Julio Baptista's agent claims he is unlikely to sign a contract extension at Sevilla.The agent of Sevilla striker Julio Baptista claims his client is unlikely to sign a contract extension at the Primera outfit.
Baptista, known as 'The Beast', has been a massive success since joining Sevilla from Sao Paulo in the summer of 2003.
Having originally been signed as a midfielder, the Brazilian has been converted into a striker and has managed exactly fifty goals for the club in the past two seasons.
Unsurprisingly that form has attracted the interest of clubs both in Spain and beyond with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and a number of Premiership clubs are all reportedly tracking the 23-year-old who himself recently admitted he had offers on the table from other clubs.
He is currently under contract until June 2008 and his release clause stands at £25 million, but Sevilla are keen to try and tie him to an even longer deal.
The player's representative Herminio Menendez insists this is unlikely to happen, but did not give any indication that his client is looking to move on this summer.
"It is very complicated that we will extend a contract that ends in June 2008," he stated.
"But the player is calm and does not have any problems at Sevilla."
Meanwhile, sources in France claim that Sevilla are considering a move for Nantes goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.
The 26-year-old, a French international, is skipper at Stade Beaujoire-Louis-Fonteneau and it would take a sizeable bid to prise him from Les Canaris.