Espanyol eye Celades
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Espanyol are reported to have targeted Real Madrid midfielder Albert Celades.Espanyol are reported to have targeted Real Madrid midfielder Albert Celades, who will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Espanyol boss Miguel Angel Lotina has announced he wants to bring in four new faces for next season to see the club capitalise on their good form of this term.
The Catalans want to try and finalise any deals as early as possible to allow their new recruits to join ahead of pre-season next summer.
Celades is allowed to talk to interested suitors as his contract with Real expires in June, and Los Merengues have made it clear he will not be offered a new one.
The 29-year-old, who is reported to be on Middlesbrough's wish-list, admits he has already been contacted by a number of clubs, but insists he will not be commenting on his situation for the time being.
"At this moment I can only say that I am very happy with the interest some clubs have shown in my services," he stated.
"However, it's better that I don't talk about it openly or name the clubs who have shown an interest in my situation."
Espanyol are likely to face stiff competition from fellow Primera sides for Celades as the midfielder, who has three caps Spain caps to his name, has a good pedigree having started his career with Barcelona.