Villa's Agent: Madrid Tried 50 Times To Sign Him

Real Madrid tried to prise David Villa away from Valencia on multiple occasions during the last day of the transfer window but finally saw a €55m bid rejected, according to club sources. Los Merengues' grew desperate as the deadline approached and attempted to push through a deal by contacting Los Che throughout the day, according to the player's agent. While Madrid president Ramón Calderón claimed last week that he was offered Villa, it was a very different story on Monday according to reports coming out of Mestalla. "Real Madrid tried 50 times to sign him," Villa's representative, José Luis Tamargo, told Marca. "They must have tried at least that many times on Monday to sign him." Bernd Schuster is reported to have insisted that the Spain international was the only player that he wanted before the transfer window closed and that saw Calderón spring into action. Valencia chief, Vicente Soriano, had stated that no bid had been received before then, but the club's sporting director, Fernando Gómez, revealed what had really taken place. "There was a call Calderón to Soriano just after Villa renewed his contract, but there was no time to react and we were not going to let the player go," he confirmed. Villa penned a contract extension that will keep him at Mestalla until 2014 and that was viewed as a clear snub to Madrid in their quest top prise him away this summer. After spending the summer chasing Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Merengues left it late to start bidding for other players and while Schuster became frustrated he has been unable to do anything. Robinho was sold in the closing hours of the window to Manchester City for around €40m after stating that he was desperate to leave Madrid and that has now left the German coach at the Bernabéu short of options.


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