27 March 2008

Ruben not Red yet

Getafe star claims no contact with Liverpool
By Francisco Acedo

Last updated: 27th March 2008 Sky Sports

Highly-rated Getafe midfielder Ruben De la Red insists he will not decide on his future until the summer, despite interest from Liverpool.
De la Red has impressed for Getafe after joining from Primera Liga rivals Real Madrid in August 2007 and the 22-year-old earned a call-up to the Spain squad for their 1-0 friendly win over Italy on Wednesday.
And De la Red is believed to have caught the eye of Rafa Benitez as the Liverpool manager is rumoured to be lining up a replacement for Xabi Alonso, who has fallen out of favour at Anfield at times this season.
However, De la Red insists he has yet to be contacted by any English clubs regarding a possible summer move. "I have not spoken with any directors of any English clubs," De la Red told Skysports.com when asked about interest from Liverpool.
De la Red remains cautious over his future and has hinted that he could return to Real after an option was inserted in his transfer which gives the Spanish champions the option to re-buy within two years for 4.5million euros (£3.5m).
"In the last summer I had contact with Real Madrid but was rejected and I am in Getafe and happy with my work," De la Red added.
"I do not want to decide directly because Real have the option until the end of season for the re-purchase.
"I am satisfied with how things are at Getafe. This subject (a transfer) is on standby until June."
De la Red's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, has also suggested that the player could leave Getafe at the end of the season.
"The deal corresponding to Real Madrid says that if they pay 4.5m euros then the player could return to Real," said Quilon - who is also the agent of Benitez. "But we could also enter into another operation."
Meanwhile, Alonso - who could be offered in a possible part exchange deal by Liverpool - insists he is not looking to leave Merseyside.
"I am signed to a deal with Liverpool and I am used to rumours in the press about my possible return to Spain," said Alonso.

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