Spain striker Iago Aspas wants Premier League target Gabri Veiga to stay at Celta Vigo, but even the club’s president is struggling to get it done.
Veiga, 20, is among La Liga’s most coveted midfielders with nine goals and three assists in Spain’s top flight this season.
In the 2022/23 season, he has the most goals scored (combination of goals and assists) of any midfielder in La Liga.
And this is despite the fact that Veiga has only started in 18 league matches so far, and has also come off the bench seven times.
Aspas spoke at a press conference in Spain on Thursday about the youngster who has been linked to clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United.
“I would like him to stay with us,” Aspas said. “The club is in good condition both organizationally and sportingly. We are making small but very good steps and next year we will have the club’s centenary.”
Celta president Carlos Mourino admits the club is probably powerless to stop Veiga from leaving because there is a release clause in his contract. That’s reportedly €40m (£35.4m), potentially a lot if Veiga continues to do well.
“We don’t want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. And there’s nothing we can do about it,” Mourino said.
Mourino explained that England had a lot of interest in Veiga, saying “Of the top 10 in the Premier League, four asked for him.”
Asked if Real Madrid could also make a move, Mourino said: “They didn’t ask us, we don’t know if they will call the player.”
Quoted by Mundo Deportivo, Mourino said the point was not that Veiga was for sale, but that Celta would not be able to stop him from leaving if the condition was met.
“The decision is up to Gabry,” Mourino said. “He will play wherever he wants.”