Del Nido laughs off Alves talk
Jose Maria del Nido has laughed off talk that he has agreed to let Daniel Alves join Barcelona.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 10/04/08 12:16pm
Jose Maria del Nido has laughed off talk that he has agreed to let Daniel Alves join Barcelona and stated that €25million would only be enough to buy the player's boots.
The Sevilla president admitted that he tired of reading the constant speculation surrounding many of the club's stars, but in particular the ongoing saga involving Alves.
Barca were reported to have offered €22million and Giovani Dos Santos with Del Nido holding out for more, but nothing could be further from the truth according to the Sevilla supremo.
"For €25million I will send them Daniel's boots so that they give them to a full-back in their youth team," he told the Spanish media.
"He is a truly great football player, perhaps the best right-back in the world at the moment, and my dream is for him to stay here for the four years that he signed up for.
"Last year there was this debate too and in many paper it was published that Daniel had already been sold by Sevilla."
Several key players have been linked with moves away from the club, with Luis Fabiano said to be interesting Real Madrid and a host of names being watched by Juande Ramos at Tottenham.
Del Nido insisted, however, that there would be no more discussions over incoming or outgoing players until the end of the season with other clubs or the media.
"We are going to let the players focus on playing for Sevilla now and when the season finishes then we shall decide which players will be sold and which will be signed," he continued.
"We know that many pages of newspaper, many hours of radio and many minutes on television will be filled otherwise.
"I do not want to continue to talk about all these transfer stories because we want the squad to be concentrating on the league only and that's why I, as president, have nipped these things in the bud.
"When the time comes we will know who is staying and who is going, although nobody will leave if we do not feel that it is right for the club.
"But for the moment, Sevilla will not listen to offers for any players while we are still playing for a possible Champions League place."