David Raya has spoken out about the situation regarding his future at Brentford after reports claiming he has agreed personal terms with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Spanish keeper has been one of the stars of Brentford‘s rise to the Premier League and their successful two-year stint in the top flight.
The Bees recorded an impressive ninth-placed finish last season and Raya was at the heart of that achievement.
Raya has just one year left on his current contract now and appears to be ready to move on this summer, but it is proving to be more complicated than first expected.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly at the front of the queue to sign the 27-year-old, with Fabrizio Romano claiming the North London side have already agreed personal terms with Raya.
However, Brentford have placed a £40 million valuation on their star keeper and do not appear to be budging. The Telegraph state Spurs are reluctant to meet that asking price.
David Raya speaks out amid Tottenham links
Now, David Raya himself has spoken on the matter in a new piece from The Times, and while he is clearly keen to move on, the player has insisted he would be professional if he is to remain at Brentford.
He said: “I will always feel close to this team. Being part of the promotion to the Premier League is something I will never forget. I know there are rumours about me leaving.
“There are some options for me to go but obviously, Brentford are asking for a lot of money.
“That could make clubs not want to buy me, it could make them look somewhere else. But if that’s the value they give me then it’s up to them. I have a year left on my contract and until then I’m a Brentford player, there’s nothing I can do.
“I have ambitions to make the next step in my career. I want to try to win titles and to compete in Europe in the next couple of years.
“I’m 27 now and I feel like I’m at the point in my career when I want to make that step up. There are options out there but it’s not just my ambitions, the club also needs to let me go.”
On what he would do if a move does not materialise, Raya added: “I’m a professional. If I end up staying at Brentford I will always give my all, that’s my job. If I have to stay, I’ll try to have an even better season than last season.”
Spurs Web Opinion
David Raya clearly wants to leave Brentford and judging by the fact he has agreed personal terms with us, he wants that deal with Spurs to come to fruition.
I really hope we can get that fee agreed soon and confirm the transfer.