Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino has stated that they will not engage in negotiations for their young talent Gabri Veiga. Any team interested in acquiring him will need to pay the €40m release clause.
Gabri Veiga is having an excellent breakthrough season with 9 goals and 4 assists in the league for Celta. Although he has just secured a starting position, the 20-year-old has already made a significant impact. Despite this, Mourino reiterated that they are unable to prevent Veiga from departing.
“The clauses are in place and it is one of the requirements of La Liga. We are not going to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. Nobody has to negotiate with us. We know that there are clubs that have called, but we don’t know who has spoken with Gabri Veiga. There were other teams that called us asking if we would give them a hand,” Mourino told Cadena SER, implying that some of his suitors were hoping to cut a deal.
Mourino added that the release clause in Veiga’s contract couldn’t have been set any higher since it would have resulted in an even higher salary for the player.
Clubs will have to pay Veiga’s release fee
“We have to situate ourselves where we are at Celta and because so many players from the youth academy have helped us out of the difficult economic situation. I can’t put a €100m clause on you if I have to pay you €300m.”
The 80-year-old stated his intention to remain in his position as President of Celta for as long as possible, having held the role for the past eight years. He chose not to comment on his disagreement with Denis Suarez, who currently plays for Espanyol.
In recent months, Gabri Veiga has been linked with several teams, including Arsenal, Manchester City, and Newcastle United. Real Madrid has also been linked to him but allegedly does not want to pay the full release clause. This could suggest that they were the team that contacted Mourino.