Valencia rejected €42M Real Madrid, Barcelona offers for Villa

Valencia president Manuel Llorente has revealed he rejected offers of €42 million in the summer for David Villa.

Valencia president Manuel Llorente has revealed he rejected offers of €42 million in the summer for David Villa.

He revealed: "(Real Madrid president) Florentino Perez offered 42 million and I said that we would like to have Alvaro Negredo and Esteban Granero. He insisted on the 42 million and we asked for 30 plus Negredo.

"There was no agreement.

"Nor with Barcelona, which also went to 42 million. And then I decided to call the press to say we would not sell because the media pressure was already very strong. And I'm glad I made that decision, to me it made us famous.

"The other day a Chinese journalist was still congratulating me for not having traded, also several fans in Valladolid. The truth is that Villa is impressive. He looks forward to the recognition, to feel important and has a huge desire to please."