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Banega headed for England?

SoccerNews in English Premier League, La Liga 20 Apr 2011

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Valencia midfielder Ever Banega has suggested he might be persuaded to depart the Spanish club in the off-season for the right price.

The Argentina international is contracted to Valencia until the end of the 2012-13 campaign, but has been linked with a loan move to the English Premier League during his contract.

Banega has come of age under manager Unai Emery, who has handed the 22-year-old an advanced role in central midfield, and said his preference is to stay at the Mestalla.

But with clubs the ilk of Liverpool and Everton believed to be lining up for his services, it is possible Banega could soon be bidding farewell to Spain.

“There are still many games to go, I am happy in Valencia and I will wait until the end of the season,” Banega said.

“I intend to stay here, but if one day an offer comes in that is for the good of the club and me, then we will look at it.”

In the meantime, Banega has far more pressing matters to attend to, such as Saturday’s crucial La Liga clash with Real Madrid.

The league encounter is a chance for Valencia to consolidate third place on the table and move a step closer to wrapping up automatic selection for next season’s Champions League.

However, Real are still in pursuit of league leaders Barcelona and will not go down quietly.

“There are a lot of games to go, and we are on a good run of three home wins,” Banega said.

“Playing at home, in front of our fans, always helps us. We just have to respond on the pitch by winning the games.”

“I hope to finish the season in the best way for Valencia and myself.”

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