Espanyol: Garcia not for sale
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Espanyol have warned Valencia to end their interest in striker Luis Garcia.
Espanyol have announced that Valencia can forget about signing Luis Garcia after the reported interest began to unsettle the player.
The Parakeets are furious that the rumours will not go away and are adamant that the striker is not for sale.
Sporting director Paco Herrera has insisted the club will not to buckle under pressure from Valencia, after the 2004 Uefa Cup winners reportedly asked Espanyol to name their price.
"I am no longer listening to them. Luis Garcia is not for sale," he stressed.
"If they really want to buy him they know that his buy-out clause is é¼30 million (£20 million) and unless we receive an offer for that then he is not leaving.
"They have to stop doing this because the longer it goes on the more unsettled the player becomes and that is why it has to end now."
Espanyol coach Ernesto Valverde is also hopeful that Garcia will stay.
"He is a player we are counting on," he explained.
"It is now August and there is not much time before the season starts. A change like this would be very hard and the less I speak about this the better.
"Luis is a professional and I think he is focused. We all know how this works and I am going to keep playing him during pre-season."