Real Valladolid sporting director Miguel Ángel Gómez has insisted that defender Mohammed Salisu is aware how much the club ‘loves’ him despite interest from elsewhere.

Salisu has earned rave reviews for his performances this season, and that has reportedly caught the attention of several clubs.

Everton and Manchester United have both been credited with interest, with Juan Mata’s father (the defender’s agent) said to be involved in terms of the latter.

Their interest reportedly comes from the fact that Salisu has a €12m release clause, a fee that both Everton and Manchester United could easily afford should it come to it.

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Real Valladolid are keen to get the defender signed up to a new deal to try and thwart those interested, and Gómez has now commented on the situation.

“Salisu perceives the love of the club because we have made three contracts in thirteen months,” Pucela Fichajes report him saying.

“He knows that he is an important player and that we would like to proceed with that renewal, but today there is a standstill.”

The website reiterates that Everton and Manchester United are the teams to have ‘shown the most interest’ in Salisu although neither has seemingly bid as yet.

With his contract negotiations at a standstill, though, it seems now may be the time for them to try and strike if their interest is genuine.