Athletic Bilbao have been the surprise package in La Liga this season – currently sitting in fifth place the side from Biscay are in line to succeed in gaining qualification for the Champions League next season.
This along with a Copa Del Ray final spot and a last 16 match up against Manchester United in the Europa League, Los Leones, as they are known, are taking the season by storm leaving many of there star names linked to top European clubs.
None more so than Spanish international Javi Martinez who is tipped to be the next big thing – leaving the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona all rumored to be keen to secure his signature.
Martinez, who was awarded ‘Breakthrough player of the year’ in La Liga back in 2010 has gained many plaudits over the past two seasons – with his tough-tacking approach along with the typical Spanish ability to maintain possession of the ball – the modern footballing centre-back.
However current Premier League leaders City are favorites to add Martinez to their revolution at the Etihad Stadium with a proposed €40 million summer move being enough to trigger release clause in his current contract at Bilbao.
When asked about this the Spaniard was realistic about his value stating he may not be worth the sum that is being proposed.
“I do not think there's anyone who wants to pay so much for me," he said, according to 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.”
Martinez went on to say how he wont let the continued speculation go to his head as he focuses on continuing what has been a high quality season for the World Cup winner.
"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.”