Man Utd, Tottenham on alert as Brentford star opens door to summer move by confirming double contract snub
David Raya has made clear his wishes to play at a higher level after the Manchester United and Tottenham target confirmed he has rejected two offers to extend his stay at Brentford.
The Spain goalkeeper has established himself as one of the elite goalkeepers in the Premier League. Indeed, he has played a huge part in the Bees’ rise from the Championship to establishing themselves as a top-half Premier League side.
His form has led to speculation suggesting he could emerge as a target for other clubs, however.
Indeed, Tottenham are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer amid growing speculation that Hugo Lloris will be replaced.
And while David De Gea is likely to earn a new deal at Manchester United, Erik ten Tag is looking to bring in some established competition.
There is also reported admiration from Chelsea, too. Graham Potter is looking to make his mark at Chelsea and more additions will likely arrive in the summer. To that end, Edouard Mendy will likely be sold after his dramatic fall from grace.
Quite where Raya moves to, however, will depend on which clubs actually make a firm bid.
And while the two-times capped Spain international is keeping his cards close to his chest, he has confirmed he has already rejected two offers to extend his stay at Brentford.
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Speaking to The Athletic, Raya has confirmed he has twice rejected the Bees’ advances.
“I turned down two contracts, one last year and one this January,” he said. “They weren’t the offers we were looking for and I can only say that.
“I want to focus on playing games and not think too much about my future. I have a contract here, so I’m willing to finish that, but you never know what’s going to happen in the summer. Maybe the club wants to sell, maybe not. Maybe I want to stay. I want to focus on football and see what happens.”
Brentford’s offer to Raya would make the 27-year among the best-paid players in their history.
However, Frank admitted last month that retaining the services of “one of the best in the league” will be “difficult”.
And in revealing he says Raya is “worth at least £40m” though with the caveat that “if he had three years (left) on his contract, he would be £70m”.
As it stands, Brentford’s record fee received is the £28m paid by Aston Villa for Ollie Watkins. Raya may well set a new record mark for the south-west London club.
Not that Raya himself is paying too much attention to his valuation.
“The club will decide the price and if a club wants to pay money, that will be it,” he added. “I’m not worried about that. I’m not in charge of that.”
Brentford star admits desire to play at a higher level
Raya’s deal at Brentford is currently due to expire in summer 2024. As such, a failure to tie him to an extension will likely mean he will be allowed to move on this summer.
And speaking about his dreams of playing in the Champions League, Raya has made a big admission.
“I’ve big ambitions,” Raya, who was in the Spain squad for the World Cup, added. “I want to play in Europe and I want to fight to win a title and I want to fight to win a European title. I trust myself to be able to play in those types of games.”
Speaking about the pressure on goalkeepers increasing on the back of teams playing out from the back, Raya insists he has the mentaility to deal with any setbacks.
And coming in the week that both Alisson and Thibaut Courtois both made high-profile mistakes in Liverpool’s clash v Real Madrid, Raya had his say.
“You have to deal with it,” he said. “You have to be tough-minded and, in a good way, not care about it but always learn from it. Think about what you did wrong afterwards and not in the moment. Otherwise, your confidence will go low. You have to focus on the next action.
“Mistakes are always going to happen and there’s loads of them during a game. But being a goalkeeper, normally, a mistake will cost you a goal. You don’t have to change your way of playing or thinking because of one mistake.”
He added, however: “I’m very critical of myself. There’s always something that I can do better.
“I know when I have played a good game and when I have played a bad or an average game. I try not to focus too much on what people and the press say. And I care what I think and what the gaffer thinks. If he thinks there are things I can do better, we will speak about it and go from there.”
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