Everton target Negredo will not force Sevilla exit

The Spain striker is happy at the club but would understand if they wanted him to leave to ease their financial woes, while he hopes he can fire them to European qualification
Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo admits it will be the club's decision as to whether he leaves in the summer as they look to deal with their growing debts.

The Spain international, who has scored 20 times in the current campaign, has been linked with a number of teams throughout the season, with Everton failing in a January bid for the striker, yet could still be sold to help the club to pay off the reported £47.6 million they owe.

The club's president Jose Maria del Nido has refuted claims the 27-year-old will be let go, and Negredo reiterated that he is happy in Andalucia, and will only leave if it is decided it is the best move for the side.

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"I’m happy here. If the president says that he will not sell, there are other players that can go,” he told a press conference.

"He will seek what is best for the club and if I have to leave then it is because he sees fit. But I am calm and at ease here.

"This city and this team have given me a lot. In the end, we are all in the shop window. I want to finish the season here and then the president will decide. For better or for worse, we will all benefit."

The forward also conceded he would rather the team qualified for Europe than him score goals, as missing out on playing continental football would be a hit to the side's finances.

He added: "In the end what matters is the collective. If I score goals but the objectives are not achieved, then they are useless. What I want is that Sevilla are in the position that they have to be in.

"We should look at 11th, 10th ... that is the best way to grow. We are not thinking about Malaga and Real Betis because that would be wrong. We are going day by day.

"To not get into Europe would be a big setback. First for the prestige of the club and second for the economic contribution.

"This club became even bigger when it began to play in Europe and win things. We have to remain calm as not entering Europe would be a big setback."