Pako Ayestaran: Shkodran Mustafi going nowhere


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Valencia boss Pako Ayestaran insists that defender Shkodran Mustafi will not be leaving the club this summer.

The Germany international has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the transfer window, with reports claiming that the centre-back had agreed terms over a proposed move, while Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted last week that he expected the deal to be concluded imminently.

However, the two teams are yet to agree a fee for the World Cup winner, whose £43.1million buyout clause appears to be a stumbling block, and Los Che manager Ayestaran has now claimed his club will not be cashing in on the 24-year-old.

Ayestaran said: “Mustafi is not for sale and will not be leaving the club.”

Mustafi came on as a second-half substitute as Valencia got their new La Liga season off to a poor start, losing 4-2 at home to Las Palmas on Monday night.

Paco Alcacer, who played the full 90 minutes of the defeat at the Mestalla, has also been linked with a move away from the club, with Barcelona reportedly interested in signing the Spain international, but Ayestaran insists the forward will also be remaining with Valencia.

He added: “The president has said in public that Alcacer and Mustafi are not for sale and I have to believe her.”

Valencia will be looking to get their season up and running when they travel to the Ipurua to take on Eibar on Saturday and they are available at 2.70 to win the match. The hosts are on offer at 2.63 and the draw is priced at 3.10.

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