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Feb 29, 2012

Martinez: I'm not worth €40m

Athletic Bilbao starlet Javi Martinez insists that he is not worth the €40 million transfer fee that is being reported in the Spanish media.

Martinez, 23, is viewed as one of the brightest prospects in La Liga and has been tipped to make an impact on the international stage as well. Reports have suggested that Barcelona are keen to replace the ageing Seydou Keita with him in the summer, but the midfielder does not think he is worth the release clause in his contract.

"I do not think there's anyone who wants to pay so much for me," he told Mundo Deportivo. "I see it as too much money for me. I do not think I'm worth so much; I do not think that I'm worth €40m."

Pressed whether he would be interested in a move to the Nou Camp, the youngster remained tight-lipped.

"I'm not saying anything now," he added. "These things [the rumours] are always going on in the world of football. Although it is very nice to be talked about in the newspapers; it is a product of what you are doing and says you're doing things right.

"I am very happy to talk about myself but now I'm very focused on what I have at the moment. That is enough, so I will try not to give much attention to that [the speculation]," he concluded.

Martinez's contract with the San Mames club runs until 2016, while he has also been linked with moves to both Manchester United and Arsenal in the past.

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