Valencia keen to keep duo

Image: Silva & Villa: In demand

Valencia have made keeping hold of David Villa and David Silva their main priority this summer.

Villa and Silva are Los Che priorities

Valencia have made keeping hold of David Villa and David Silva their main priority this summer. The duo helped Spain claim Euro 2008 glory this summer, and have consistently been linked with moves away from Mestalla. However, Los Che's vice-president Fernando Gomez insists that the club will be doing all they can to retain the services of their biggest stars. "That is our priority," he told radio station Cadena Sar. "We have officially communicated to their representatives that this is our desire. "Our intention is to ensure that they stay. I think next week we will be able to talk about this in more detail." He added on the club's official website: "Valencia CF has made no agreement nor are they involved in any negotiations to transfer David Villa and David Jimenez Silva to any club in Spain or abroad. "It is completely untrue. I have informed both the players and their agents in an official and clear manner that the firm intention of the club is for both of the players to stay with us and see out their contracts."

Availability

Reports had suggested that the financially crippled Primera Liga side would be willing to sell one, or both, of their international stars in order to help balance the books. Roma were rumoured to have enquired as to the availability of tricky winger Silva, while Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan are all interested in Villa. Valencia's failure to secure UEFA Champions League football for next season was also expected to force the club to part with their most valuable assets. The club finished 10th in the Primera Liga last term but will take part in the Uefa Cup as a result of their Spanish Cup success.

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