Villarreal not to sell key players

08:29, May 31, 2011      

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Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido on Monday shrugged aside rumors that his side could lose some of its key players over the summer.

Villarreal finished fourth in the BBVA Primera Liga last season as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The performances of players such as Giuseppe Rossi, who scored 18 league goals, and others such as Santi Cazorla, Joan Capdevila and Borja Valero, has provoked interest from other clubs in signing them with Rossi being strongly linked to a possible move to European Champions, FC Barcelona.

Meanwhile Malaga, a club whose Arab owners are expected to spend a lot of money over the summer, are thought to be interested in Spain international Cazorla and Capdevila, while Borja has several sides, inlcuding Naples, keen to buy him.

Garrido, meanwhile has other ideas: "After qualifying for next season's Champions League, one thing that Villarreal and its coach cannot afford to do is weaken the squad or make a worse team," said Garrido.

"There is a lot of speculation, I could sell one player, but I won't be selling any more. Our objective is to have a stronger squad with more possibilities," added the Villarreal coach in the pages of Diario AS.

Borja Valero backed up Garrido's ambition, commenting that he had no intention of abandoning the El Madrigal stadium after a successful season following his move from Mallorca.

"It has not even entered my mind to leave this club. I have just the opposite thought at the moment," said Valero, who began his end of season holidays with the idea "returning stronger for next season."

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