Del Horno eyes Bilbao return
Full-back Asier Del Horno has remained resolute over his possible Valencia exit.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 29/07/07 3:24pm
Asier Del Horno has insisted that he will only leave Valencia to join a club of equal standing or to move back to Athletic Bilbao.
The Spain international has been told he has no future at La Mestalla but is refusing to be sold to a club he has no interest in joining.
Valencia have mooted the idea of a season-long-loan at Athletic and are in negotiations with the Basque Country outfit, with the talks ongoing.
"They talked with Valencia, but it does not appear that any agreement has been reached," the player's brother and agent, David Del Horno, said.
"The agreement has to be between Athletic and Valencia. There is not much more we can do, although Asier is ready.
"The problem is that it is not us that has started all this. They have to find a solution, but football is always changing."
The former Chelsea defender was linked with a move to Barcelona earlier in July but Del Horno took the news with a pinch of salt.
Del Horno added: "That surprised me a lot because they have just signed (Eric) Abidal and I do not understand why they would want another left-back."
While the Valencia squad continue pre-season training in Holland, Del Horno has remained in Spain in order to regain full fitness.
The 26-year-old joined Valencia in July 2006 from Chelsea and signed a five-year deal but the full-back picked up a thigh injury which caused him to miss the majority of last season.