Canales flattered by interest

Racing youngster refusing to read too much into transfer talk

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Racing Santander starlet Sergio Canales admits he has been shocked by recent media attention.

The 18-year-old midfielder hit the headlines on Saturday after scoring twice in Racing's 2-1 victory at Sevilla.

Two composed finishes saw him catapulted into the limelight, and have led to mounting speculation regarding his future.

The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the gifted youngster, despite his lack of senior experience.

Canales admits the furore has caught him by surprise, especially the transfer talk, but the talented playmaker insists his attention remains solely on life at Racing for now.

"I'm relaxed but a little surprised," he said.

"At present my preference is to stay at Racing. They are the ones who gave me my debut and minutes in the Primera Liga, but I'm flattered by all the offers."

Reports in Spain suggest Racing have verbally agreed fresh terms with Canales but, until the paperwork is signed, the possibility of him being lured away remains a distinct possibility.