Monday August 14 2017
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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