Baptista rejects Villarreal
By Francisco Acedo & Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Julio Baptista has rejected a move to Villarreal, as Milan are linked with a bid.Julio Baptista has rejected a move to Villarreal, as Milan are linked with a bid for the Real Madrid attacker.
Baptista's agents, Juan Figger and Herminto Menendez, have ruled out their client joining Villarreal, with the Brazilian only interested in playing for a UEFA Champions League club.
"Julio only desires a club that plays in the Champions League," they are quoted in the Spanish press.
Baptista spent last season on loan at Arsenal but The Gunners have opted against signing the former Sevilla man from Real.
Real coach Bernd Schuster has welcomed Baptista into his squad, but the Liga champions could sell if the right offer, believed to be in the region of é¼20million (£13.4million), arrives.
Newcastle and Villarreal were rumoured to be chasing the 25-year-old, however both clubs appear to be out of the running.
Milan are believed to have tabled a é¼17million (£11.4million) offer for Baptista but Real sporting director Predrag Mijatovic is set to demand more, although he is thought to be willing to talk.
Baptista will return to Madrid this weekend following a holiday after the Copa America and will hold a meeting with Mijatovic to discuss his future.
He would be open to a move to Milan, with his agents adding: "Milan is a big club."