Alvaro: I want to stay at Espanyol

Alvaro Vazquez has broken his silence and declared that he wants to remain with Espanyol.

The 21-year-old striker is a product of Los Periquitos’ youth academy but has recently denounced the club for non-payment of wages amid rumours he is close to a move to Atletico Madrid, with Benfica and Valencia also interested.

However, he says he not only wants to continue at Cornella El-Prat but would like to sign a contract extension.

“My future is here at Espanyol. I have a year left on my contract and I want to renew,” he said in an interview with AS.

“I am dedicated to playing football, which is what I’m here to do, and try not to get too involved in off-the-pitch matters.

“These are things that can affect you and I try to train and play to the best of my ability.”

Alvaro’s words will be music to the ears of boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has consistently stated he would like the Spain Under-21 international in his squad for the 2012-13 campaign.

Even so, the player was subjected to jeers and whistles from the stands in this week’s 2-0 friendly victory over French champions Montpellier, yet he says it is something that does not particularly bother him.

“I don’t hear the whistles but people are free to think whatever they want and give their opinion.

“It doesn’t matter what the situation is because I just limit myself to work, fighting and doing my best.

“Besides, I went home very happy because I helped my team to win.”

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