Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Spain

Alvaro Negredo © Action Images

Sevilla will hold out on player sales



Cash-strapped Sevilla will consider selling their top players only if they receive offers well in excess of their market value, president Jose Maria del Nido said on Thursday.

Reports in Spain have suggested the La Liga club's financial problems could force them to cash in on players like Spain striker Alvaro Negredo, Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Chile midfielder Gary Medel and former Spain winger Jose Antonio Reyes.

Sevilla failed to qualify for Europe last season and are one of many top-flight sides struggling to meet debts to the tax authorities while remaining competitive with richer rivals.

"We won't sell Negredo unless there is a market-busting offer," Del Nido told a news conference presenting Bosnia midfielder Miroslav Stevanovic, whose signing was completed on Wednesday.

"Neither Negredo, nor Rakitic, Medel or Reyes," Del Nido added.

"I can also say that there are offers for seven players in the squad and they have all been rejected.

"In concrete terms, we rejected an offer of 16 million euros ($21.2 million) for Negredo. If there are no market-busting offers we will not sell anyone."

Del Nido said Sevilla was among five clubs that owed the least to Spain's tax authority, which has started to crack down on teams who have fallen behind in their payments.

He also said coach Michel was not about to be sacked despite seeing his side slip to 14th in the La Liga standings after a poor run.

"The coach's job is not at stake in Saturday's game against Osasuna while we still see in him the capacity, the strength and the knowledge to get the team out of the situation they are in," Del Nido said.

"The responsibility is pyramid shaped and it stops with me. We have to seek solutions and we will take steps to find ways of getting out of this situation."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

UEFA Champions League - Play-Off 2nd Leg: Athletic Bilbao v Napoli
Thu, 28 Aug @ 05:00
Fri, 29 Aug @ 09:30

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Confidence vital for Man United
A lot has been said about what Louis van Gaal has to do to get Manchester United back to the level...

John Dykes
Why always drama?
We’ve already got Crystal Palace in apparent full-scale crisis while Paul Scholes is warning...

Neil Tovey
Bossing the big time
“In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals" - Charles Darwin

Segun Odegbami
The Falcons - fulfilling Pele’s prophecy?
Did you watch the finals of the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup last Sunday night?