Torres refutes Pedro Leon claim

Getafe President Angel Torres has denied a claim by winger Pedro Leon that the club received an offer from Hannover for him in July.

The 27-year-old has been without a club as Getafe were unable to register him in their squad for this season, as his inclusion would have meant the €17m wage cap imposed by the League on the Madrid club would have been breached.

Leon is Getafe’s highest-paid player and there were allegations during the summer that they were waiting for a higher bid for the former Real Madrid man.

Nevertheless, according to Torres no offers were received, while Leon himself went public this week with a letter, published by Marca, allegedly from Hannover that purported to want to buy him for €1m.

Speaking to Cadena COPE, Torres categorically denied an official offer had been received from Hannover.

“We’ve had no official offer from any club. A letter has now emerged which the Germans will have to clarify who sent it and when.

“We haven’t been able to say if the offer appeared to be for a little or a lot of money, we haven’t opened our mouths.

“No club can say that they have spoken to us, neither can they say they have sent us a letter, so we’ve not been able to reject any offer.

“We’ve spoken to Hannover and asked them to clarify who made the offer, although we already know. Germans are very serious and they wouldn’t produce a letter without a stamp.

“I’m not going back on this issue… it’s the Germans who will have to explain who sent that letter. What we have confirmed is that they have never been in contact with us and Hannover will need to recognise that.

“I’m not saying the document is false, but that letter addressed to me and Getafe never reached us.

“Hannover told us that they handed it to some intermediaries,” he concluded.

Alexander Jacob, Hannover’s Press officer, confirmed to AS on Wednesday night that ‘this was the original letter from Hannover 96.’

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