United & Liverpool midfield target opens English transfer door

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Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez has potentially opened the English transfer door after admitting his style of play would be well suited to the Premier League.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 2010 World Cup winner, whilst big-spending Manchester City have also been credited with an interest in the seven-cap international.

Former captain of Spain’s U21 side, Martinez could also add leadership to a side if he moved away from San Mamés, and the youngster is looking forward to showing off his skills against the Red Devils in the Europa League on Thursday night.

"Maybe my football is quite physical, it's certainly more oriented to being physical," Martinez is quoted as saying on talkSPORT.

"But I think that is also a valid style here in Spain. Here there are many players who play with my same characteristics. Perhaps the football in England is more suitable but I am doing very well here so that's not a problem for me."

Despite the speculation over a move, Martinez insists he’s not interested in paper talk, and is focused on giving his best for Los Leones every time he takes the field.

"I try not to pay any attention to all the things that I see or read. In the end these are just rumours of newspapers and the media. The reality is that as yet nothing clear has come my way. No club has made an offer to me or to my agent and so I prefer not to go round in circles with this,” he concluded.

"I am just concentrating now on the end part of the season and just focusing on giving 100 per cent of my thinking and energy to the club."

Bilbao visit Old Trafford on Thursday as underdogs, with Manchester United favourites to win both the tie and make the final of the competition after their shock exit from the Champions League.

A return to Europe’s premier club competition would also be a potential selling point for Manchester United, with Bilbao currently in a fight for fourth place in La Liga and the last qualifying spot.

Liverpool find themselves in a similar situation, with the Anfield outfit seventh in the English top flight and struggling to make it back to Europe’s top table.

The Reds have invested heavily in players since the return of Kenny Dalglish on Merseyside however, and this coupled with the club’s history would be the biggest selling point for Martinez.

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