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Atletico Madrid ahead of Barcelona for Valencia fullback Gaya

Jose Gaya's future at Valencia remains in doubt.

The efforts of the past two seasons and doubts about a project which doesn't seem to be heading in any particular direction have him unsettled, says AS. He will turn 26 next month and is under contract until June 2023.

The chances of Barcelona snapping him up this summer are receding with Jordi Alba's return to form and the club's faith in youth team player Alejandro Baldé, who is set to be the team's second-choice left-back next season.

Atlético Madrid could enter the fray again. Cholo Simeone is a big fan of Gayà and has tried to persuade him to join on a number of occasions.

The left-back slot at Atleti remains vacant as Lodi hasn't convinced the coach during his two years at the club and they don't have another, naturally left-sided defender for the position. If the Brazilian leaves, Gayà would be the ideal candidate for the left-back position at the Metropolitano.

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