La Real hopeful on Inigo

Real Sociedad boss Eusebio Sacristan is hopeful his side can hold onto prized central defender Inigo Martinez going into the new season.

The 26-year-old defender has amassed 193 La Liga appearances for the Basques since his debut in 2011 but reports this summer have linked him with a move to Barcelona, who could trigger his €32m release clause.

“He is a really important player for us and it’s great to have him with us,” Eusebio told Marca.

“He’s extraordinary and capable of producing a very high level.

“There have been lots of rumours about our players which in one aspect is a good thing and natural following on from a good season, but we hope to keep him.”

The central defender, who has won four caps for Spain, has a deal at the Anoeta until June 2021.

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