Martinez: I'm Not Worth Price Tag

  • By: Pete O'Rourke
  • Last Updated: March 1 2012, 12:14 GMT

Athletic Bilbao star Javi Martinez believes he is not worth the reported €40million price tag on his head.

Javi Martinez: Linked with move to England

Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona are all thought to be weighing up moves for the highly-rated midfielder in the summer.

The Reds have held a long-term interest in the Spain international, while big-spending City are also thought to be keen to bring Martinez to England.

The 23-year-old is thought to have a release clause of €40million in his contract at Bilbao and he admits the price is too high for his services.

"I do not think there's anyone who wants to pay so much for me," he told Mundo Deportivo. "I see it as too much money for me. I do not think I'm worth so much; I do not think that I'm worth €40m.

"These things [the rumours] are always going on in the world of football.

"Although it is very nice to be talked about in the newspapers; it is a product of what you are doing and says you're doing things right.

"I am very happy to talk about myself but now I'm very focused on what I have at the moment.

"That is enough, so I will try not to give much attention to that [the speculation]."