Villarreal head coach Unai Emery has insisted that winger Samuel Chukwueze remains “very happy” at the LaLiga club, amid links with Liverpool and Everton.
Recent reports have claimed that the Merseyside duo are keeping tabs on the Nigeria international.
Indeed, five other sides including Manchester United and Chelsea are also supposedly watching his progress closely.
Speaking at a recent press conference, Emery admitted that there may come a time when a move to a new league will suit Chukwueze.
For now, though, the Spanish boss said that the player remains content to keep progressing in LaLiga.
“We are happy with Samuel Chukwueze,” Emery said (via All Nigeria Soccer). “He’s growing up here with us and his performances are getting better little by little.
“But above all we want to achieve with him our objectives with his skills, his capacity. He is young and he has a very good future and then trying to add his performances for our team, for the national team.
“Maybe in the future he can go to another league to grow up more but I think he’s very happy here with us, and every match with him is very important to try to get best performance with him.”
Chukwueze moved from Nigeria to Villarreal’s youth ranks in the summer of 2017. From there, he enjoyed a rapid rise to the club’s first team, stepping up in November 2018.
Since then, the 21-year-old has scored 13 goals and 12 assists in 90 appearances for the Spanish club. Indeed, this season, he has netted one goal and laid on three others in 13 outings.
As for his contractual situation, he has three years left on his deal. What’s more, that deal reportedly contains a £71million release clause.
Belgian winger also tracked by Liverpool
Meanwhile, reports elsewhere claim that Liverpool are continuing to monitor the progress of Belgium winger Jeremy Doku.
The 18-year-old made a trip to Liverpool’s former Melwood training ground when he was 15, but a deal never materialised.
Since then, he has enjoyed an exciting rise and earned a move to Rennes in October. However, the Reds are still reportedly keeping tabs on the attacker.