Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre held transfer talks with sports director Jesus Garcia Pitarch yesterday.

The pair met for an hour, with Aguirre emerging to only say: "If Maniche leaves, then I don't know if we need to sign a replacement. But we have until the end of the month, so there is plenty of time."

Asked about interest in Valencia outcast David Albelda, Aguirre added: "I don't know anything. Pitarch didn't say anything to me about him."