Arsenal and Liverpool have been warned off Valencia star Juan Mata after the Spanish club president president Manuel Llorente adamantly stated that the in-demand winger will not be leaving the club this summer.
The 23-year-old had a top tournament with Spain during their European Under-21 Championships and his performances have attracted interest from some of Europe's top clubs, including Premier League sides Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.
However, they could face quite a fight to secure his services as Llorent insisted that Mata was going nowhere.
Juan Mata is not for sale, Llorente said. We have not received any offers for the player. The news that appears in the media is just rumours. We have a very good squad at Valencia and our priority now is to sign a central defender.
Interestingly, Llorente's statement comes just three days after claims from Mata's father, Juan Senior, that foreign clubs had made enquiries about the 23-year-old.
There have been calls from foreign clubs but now the decision rests with Valencia. (Juan) is on his holidays, he was quoted as saying by the Mirror last Friday.