Valencia president Amadeo Salvo has issued a hands-off warning to Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers following speculation that the English clubs are circling the La Liga side’s highly-rated youngster Carles Gil.
Gil, 21, a talented winger or mediapunta, has impressed hugely while on loan at newly promoted Elche in the Primera Division this season, earning a call-up to Spain’s under-21 squad.
Such performances have reportedly alerted a number of big clubs, with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla also apparently monitoring the situation, but the Valencia chief has reacted by claiming that Gil will be a key player for Los Che when he returns after his year away.
“Carles Gil is ours and he will play in the first team next season,” Salvo told Superdeporte. “It is a good sign that he is wanted, it would be bad if nobody was interested.”
The reports came as Gil’s representatives met Valencia officials to discuss a new and improved contract which would raise the player’s current eight-million-euro release clause.
Superdeporte also claimed recently that third-party investors, including the Doyen Group and Portuguese 'super agent' Jorge Mendes, had approached Valencia with a view to taking a stake in Gil’s ownership.
Cash-strapped Valencia have used third-party investors recently to help bring in Colombia international Dorlan Pabon and Portugal under-19 defender Ruben Vezo.