Espanyol turn down Verdu’s demands

Espanyol have declined to offer midfielder Joan Verdu a new contract after rejecting the playerÔÇÖs demands.


The 30-year-old, whose existing agreement runs out at the end of June,revealed last month that it was him who proposed a fresh offer to the club,but it has emerged that President Joan Collet has chosen to reject it.

Speaking to Catalunya RadioÔÇÖs Club de la Mitjanit programme, he explained why.

ÔÇ£The club cannot cope, neither economically nor with the number of years, that the player wants.

ÔÇ£However, in the next few days we will have contact with VerduÔÇÖs representative to try and reach a compromise so that he can continue under [boss] Javier Aguirre next season,ÔÇØ said Collet.

Barcelona-born Verdu has been at Cornella El-Prat since joining from Deportivo La Coruna in 2009, having begun his career at cross-city rivals Barcelona, and has recently been linked with both Real Betis and Villarreal.