Sevilla will reject any interest in Daniel Carrico as Unai Emery counts on the centre-back, who could become one of the team captains.
ABC de Sevilla report that the departure of Fernando Navarro opens a gap in the club’s leadership and it will be filled by either Carrico or Vicente Iborra.
Jose Antonio Reyes, Coke and Beto remain at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but Carrico could be recognised for his increased importance to the team.
The report touts interest from England, where Carrico previously played with Reading, but Sevilla will do what they can to keep Carrico in partnership with Nico Pareja at the heart of the back four.
Carrico made 45 appearances for Los Rojiblancos last season as Sevilla won the Europa League, and the player himself has spoken of his happiness with his current surroundings, a position echoed by his agent.
“He has no interest in leaving, he has a contract until 2018 and profoundly respects the club,” Carlos Goncalves is quoted as saying.
“So to all the teams that have called me, I’ve told them the same thing, that he won’t be leaving.”