Villa tires of Real transfer rumours

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Spain striker David Villa has revealed he is 'tired' of the continued speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

Cash-strapped Valencia could decide to part company with Villa at the end of the season as they look to raise some much-needed funds.

Villa has been linked with moves to Barcelona and several English Premier League clubs throughout the season, but it is persistent reports that Real Madrid is his most likely destination which are beginning to annoy the 25-goal hot-shot.

"I am tired of them already," he stated.

"I want to work to my best these last four games that we have in the league. Nothing else matters to me right now."

Meanwhile, Los Che have categorically denied reports suggesting that coach Unai Emery has opened talks with players about moving to the Mestalla for next season.

Emery was reported in the Spanish media as having met with Espanyol defender Sergio Sanchez to discuss a possible deal, but Valencia insist such stories are without foundation.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Valencia CF want to categorically denounce reports that have appeared in the media about supposed meetings between the coach Unai Emery and footballers that are not part of this club.

"Emery wants to underline that it is totally false that he has met or talked to any footballer from any other club.

"The whole club and everyone that makes up the first team are focused on the present and we don't want to detract attention from our priority, which is the game against Real Madrid."

Atletico Madrid have released out-of-favour Portugal midfielder Maniche.

The 31-year-old former Chelsea, Benfica and FC Porto midfielder had been out in the cold at the Vicente Calderon since failing to report for a home game after being informed that he was not part of the matchday squad.

Maniche had been with Atletico for three years - although he spent time on loan in Italy with Internazionale - but has left the club with immediate effect ahead of his contract expiring at the end of the season.