Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour has admitted that he held negotiations with English club over the course of the summer but a potential switch to the Premier League did not transpire.
The Tunisian centre-half was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the final days of the transfer window, with the Blues desperate to land defensive recruits and eventually swooping for former player David Luiz.
Abdennour impressed in France with both Toulouse and Monaco before being snapped up by the Mestalla outfit last year.
However, the North African battler has not been a regular in Los Che’s starting XI and was being tipped with an exit from the La Liga club over the summer window.
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Valencia brought in Ezequiel Garay on a permanent basis and landed Eliaquim Mangala on loan from Manchester City, with the new pair expected to form a new central defensive partnership.
Abdennour has spoken out about his talks with English suitors but is set to stay at the Spanish side for the time being.
“I was negotiating with English clubs during the transfer window but for financial reasons the transfer did not happen,” he told Marca.
“Valencia is a great club and I have no problem continuing because I have four years left on my contract.”