Valencia have turned down a reported offer from Chelsea for David Villa, with the Spain international seemingly set to join Real Madrid instead.
Chelsea's Spanish scout, Juan Cruz Sol, met with Los Che president Manuel Llorente in the club's headquarters to discuss the future of the 27-year-old striker.
Cruz Sol spoke to the Spanish media after the meeting, with Valencian newspaper Levante quoting him as saying: "Chelsea made an important offer for him (Villa).
"But the answer (from Valencia) was 'no' because negotiations with Real Madrid are very advanced. Hence, there's no possibility that Villa will go to Chelsea because he wants to go to Real Madrid.
"The purpose of the meeting was to have have some contact and know with certainty what Villa's situation is. Now we have clear ideas and we know that to expect."