Prem target Baraja could be on move

06 May 2010 07:42
Ruben Baraja has revealed that he wants to stay at Valencia but could yet move to England when his contract expires at the end of June. [LNB] Bolton, West Ham and Wigan have all been linked with the 34-year-old midfielder and could make him an offer to take him to the Premier League.[LNB]Despite the interest from English clubs, Baraja's first option is to remain at Valencia and add strength in depth to their squad in next season's Champions League.[LNB]"It does not depend on me and I have not brought it up," he explained.[LNB]"I will not be thinking about whether I stay or not yet. It is a club decision and the only fact at the moment is that my contract runs out on 30th June.[LNB]"All I want to focus on now is training well and to be able to play in the games that we have left this season."[LNB]Baraja was substituted midway through Valencia's victory over Xerez on Tuesday and his waves to the crowd and standing ovation was seen as a goodbye in the Spanish media.[LNB]"The warmth of the fans does make me happy, but I am also pleased that the team qualified for the Champions League," he continued.[LNB]After rising through the ranks at Valladolid, Baraja joined Atletico Madrid in 1996 but spent just one season in their first team before moving on to Valencia four years later.[LNB]Along with 43 international appearances for Spain, he has helped Los Che win the title twice, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Cup and the European Super Cup.

Source: Team_Talk