Real Sociedad defender Íñigo Martínez responds to Liverpool interest

Real Sociedad Anoeta

The first offer from Anfield has been rejected by the Basque club.

At a press call on Monday, via the official Real Sociedad website, central defender Iñigo Martinez was left feeling disappointed, both with the team performance and his own individually, after they lost 0-3 to Granada at Anoeta on Sunday.

Questioned about his own performances in the game and throughout the season, Martinez suggested: "I'll always admit to my own mistakes. In the end, I have to be honest and say that it's not been a good season. There's a lot more we could have given."

"Personally, I didn't start the season well, but got better little by little. I was finishing the season well, but in this last game, made mistakes that made me feel angry with myself."

Clearly it wasn't best way for Martinez to celebrate his 24th birthday on Sunday, who was the target of criticism from sections of the home crowd. "We have to understand that, accept the criticism, and the frustrations of the fans." He admitted.

Last week, Marca claimed that Real Sociedad rejected an offer of €20 million from Liverpool. Meanwhile, local media outlet Diario Vasco hinted that his club are keen to improve the terms of Martinez.

Questioned about the bid from Anfield, Martinez commented: "There are rumours that sometimes sound more like something, and others less so. I'm calm about it all. I have two more years on my contract, so I'm not worried about things like this."

As for whether he'll extend his terms or not, the central defender concluded: I've got to stay calm about it all. As I've said, I still have two years on my existing contract, so there's a lot of talking to be done. I don't have a problem sitting down and negotiating."

Real Sociedad have been clear so far, be it Liverpool or any other club showing interest, with his €30 million release clause a figure they're standing firmly by.

However, that situation could change if the player expresses a desire to leave this summer, and refuses to accept an extension offer, with the Basque club also keen to increase his clause valuation.

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