Villarreal chief hints at Aston Villa target’s possible departure – “It can always be finalised”

It’s been a marvellous second half of the season for Villarreal, which has been spearheaded by two players in particular: Alexander Sorloth, who is only one goal behind Artem Dovbyk in the Pichichi Trophy race, and Alex Baena, who leads La Liga in assists (13).

In Baena’s case, he has been heavily linked with a possible departure in the summer, with Aston Villa being one of the clubs showing interest. Unai Emery would like a reunion with the 22-year-old, although Villarreal have no plans to let him, as revealed by president Fernando Roig during an interview with Diario AS.

“Baena is a player for Villarreal in the coming years, we are betting heavily on him. I think that in the coming seasons, he will still grow and be a better player. He is a great player. We don’t talk about hypotheses or the future – right now, we’re not in it. The important thing is that he is a player who has grown a lot at Villarreal, and my intention is for him to continue to grow here.

“I don’t like to talk about hypotheses. Although I always say that there are three parties, and that if all three parties agree, it can always be closed. But right now it’s not an issue we’re working on.”

Baena has a €60m release clause in his Villarreal contract, although judging by Roig’s comments, he may be available for a reduced price, as long as it suits all parties. It remains to be seen how the situation develops over the summer.

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