‘I love being here’: Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez insists he wants to stay for ‘years to come’ despite Tottenham and Juventus transfer interest – with the World Cup winner’s decision a blow to chasing clubs
- Goalkeeping star Emiliano Martinez has spoken out on his future at Aston Villa
- Argentine World Cup winner is reportedly wanted by Tottenham and Juventus
- But Martinez has claimed he wants to stay with Villa for the foreseeable future
Emiliano Martinez has spoken out on his future at Aston Villa – claiming he wants to stay despite reported interest from Tottenham and Juventus.
The Argentina goalkeeper won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and was awarded the Golden Glove for his starring role at the tournament.
Martinez, 30, is said to be attracting the interest from Spurs, who are keen to find a long-term replacement for veteran captain Hugo Lloris, Italian side Juventus, and German giants Bayern Munich.
And when Villa manager Unai Emery criticised the 6ft 5ins stopper last month for his performance against former side Arsenal, there was speculation he could leave amid his desire to play Champions League football.
But Martinez insists he ‘loves’ being at the Midlands side and wants to carry on there for the foreseeable future.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has insisted he wants to stay with the Midlands club
The Argentine, 30, is reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Tottenham and Juventus
Martinez played a crucial role as the South American side won the Qatar World Cup in 2022
His agent Gustavo Goni said in December his client is targeting Champions League football
Speaking after keeping a clean sheet in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Bournemouth, he said: ‘It’s a great feeling. If we had won 3-1, I would go home and not be able to sleep for hours because I always think about what I could have done better to keep the clean sheet.
‘I’m very ambitious, I’m so driven to improve. I try to transmit that to the back four and to the starting XI.
‘My career went through the roof since I joined the club. I’ve always said I’m grateful to this club and I love being here.
‘My family is happy at the club, my boy is obsessed with playing football and he plays for the Under-6s in the Academy. We’re loving our time here and hopefully there are many years to come.’
In December, Martinez’ agent Gustavo Goni admitted his client was targeting regular football in the top European competition.
When asked about his player moving to Italy, he said: ‘Today there are few teams that can afford a goalkeeper like him.
‘But Serie A, well, why not?
‘Clearly aiming high, for the Champions League.’