Manchester City and QPR warned off Spain Under-21 star

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Valencia have no intention of selling promising youngster Gil.

QPR’s hopes of competing with Manchester City for the signing of Spain Under-21 starlet Carles Gil have taken a blow after Valencia insisted he is not for sale.

Twenty-year-old attacking midfielder Gil is on a season-long loan at Elche. QPR and Manchester City are both reported to be interested in his services, while in Spain Atletico have also been monitoring the player.

QPR, in particular, are interested in the youngster, with manager Harry Redknapp keen on adding attacking flair to his side, who are targeting promotion from the Championship into the Premier League at the end of the season.

Redknapp has looked at a number of options, including former Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun, but Gil is high on his list of targets.

However, Valencia today appeared to scupper any hopes that either Redknapp or City manager Manuel Pellegrini might have had of signing the player.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo said he does not intend to sell the midfielder. He told Spanish newspaper Superdeporte: “Carles Gil is ours and next season he will play in the first team. Interest from him in other clubs? It is a goof sign that he is wanted. It would be a bad sign if no-one was interested.”

Gil has made 12 appearances for Elche this season, after playing more than 30 times last season for the same club, during which time he scored four goals.

His loan spell at Elche expires at the end of the season, and while he is under contract at Valencia until 2016, it is understood that a serious offer would convince them to part with the player.

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