Sevilla: Alves staying put
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sevilla have again moved to play down reports that Daniel Alves will be moving on.
Sevilla have again moved to play down reports that Brazilian defender Daniel Alves will be moving on in the January transfer window.
The highly-rated full-back - voted player of the tournament in last season's Uefa Cup - is already known to be a target for Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez who submitted an offer for him over the summer.
However, press speculation has suggested that both Barcelona and Chelsea are also in the hunt for his signature, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho purportedly keen to arrange a deal for January.
Sevilla director of sport Ramon 'Monchi' Rodriguez has brushed off talk that Alves will be sold, though, insisting the player is poised to put pen-to-paper on a new deal at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.
"There has been no contact with Barcelona, not now and not last summer either," Rodriguez told Radio Marca.
"I have not received an offer or a call from Abramovich, Mourinho or anybody else from the English club.
"In fact, we will make public his contract extension in the next few hours as we have reached an agreement with him."