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Celta will not negotiate sale of highly rated Veiga as president insists clause must be met

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 20 Apr 2023

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Celta Vigo will not negotiate a sale for highly rated midfielder Gabri Veiga and instead insist on the triggering of his €40million release clause, according to club president Carlos Mourino.

Veiga has been one of the breakthrough stars of the 2022-23 LaLiga season, catching the eye with his exceptional ability on the ball and eye for goal.

The 20-year-old has scored nine in 27 league games this term at a rate of 0.49 goals every 90 minutes, which is the best frequency of any LaLiga midfielder (minimum 1,000 minutes played) and made all the more impressive by the fact none have come from the penalty spot.

While those nine strikes represent a significant over-performance in relation to his expected goals (xG), suggesting a degree of unsustainability, his 5.5 xG (excluding penalties) is also the highest among the same midfielders.

Veiga’s emergence this term has seen him linked with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs, such as Premier League giants Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, and Celta are expected to cash in at the end of the season.

But it will seemingly cost every penny of Veiga’s release clause to get him out of Balaidos.

Speaking to Cadena SER radio on El Larguero, Mourino said: “The clauses are in place. We are not going to sell him, rather they are going to buy him from us.

“Nobody has to negotiate because we are not going to sell him. We know of the interest of the teams that initially called, those who’ve spoken with already with Gabri, who is the one with the decision to make.

“I can assure you that there are teams from England, Italy and France [who are interested]. Our response was, ‘you can’t talk to us because he’s not for sale’.”

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