Celta Vigo president Carlos Mouriño on Gabri Veiga: We know he’s going to leave

Carlos Mouriño, president of Celta Vigo, has spoken about highly-rated midfielder Gabri Veiga.

“We know that they are going to buy him, we can’t do anything. We don’t want to sell him, but they are going to buy him. We know of some offers that have been made to him and they’re hard to turn down,” explained Mouriño in words reported by Faro de Vigo.

Celta can’t afford to keep Gabri Veiga

“Even if we were to play with eleven youth-team players, we wouldn’t be able to pay him what other clubs are offering him. We don’t want to raise false expectations with this issue”, the 80-year-old added before saying that the ball is now in Gabri Veiga’s court and that “if he leaves, which depends on him, he will always have the doors open to return”.

The club’s wish is for him to stay in Vigo for another season, “but realistically it’s going to be very difficult. We would be deceiving people if we said that we see a chance of him staying”.

The talented Spain U21 international has scored nine goals from midfield for the Galician outfit this season and has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, the Premier League and the Bundesliga.

Mouriño also specified that Veiga’s departure would take place through the payment of the amount that appears in his termination clause. “We are not going to sell him, they are going to buy him from us and for that, they have to pay the clause of €40m. If not, he won’t be sold. The situation is clear: Gabri will decide where he wants to play and that team will have to deposit that money. There’s no need to think about it anymore.”

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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