Moyes: You don't think I would sell anyone to Liverpool do you?

David Moyes Interview - 23/02/2014

The Real Sociedad manager rejected any thoughts of letting Iñigo Martinez depart for Anfield.

David Moyes has made it clear that he's trying to build a strong Real Sociedad team, over the summer, with the aim of pushing for a European finish next season in La Liga.

Along with new additions and confident he can land Danny Ings from Burnley, the Scottish coach is also keen to fend of interest in leading players, already at the Basque club.

Earlier this week, a report in Spanish sports daily, Marca, claimed that Liverpool had made an initial offer of €20 million, for central defender Iñigo Martinez. It was also suggested that offer had been flatly rejected.

Meanwhile, Diario Vasco report that Real Sociedad have opened negotiations with the player, in order to improve his terms at Anoeta. Along with the offer of a better salary package, they will seek to raise his release clause, beyond the current €30 million valuation.

At a press call on Friday, via the official Real Sociedad website, Moyes was questioned about the reported offer from Anfield for Martinez. Smiling, the former Manchester United and Everton boss insisted: "You don't think I would sell anyone to Liverpool do you?"

More seriously, and clear he has no intentions of letting one of his best players depart, Moyes clarified: "I haven't had any contact. I think it's just press speculation."

Real Sociedad have successfully rejected approaches from La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past. With the offer of a new deal for Martinez evidently in the pipeline, they're confident they can likewise resist the interest from Liverpool, if indeed it does exist.

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