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According to Spanish paper Marca, Algeria star Sofiane Feghouli’s contract ‘has turned into a real headache’ for Valencia, clouding his future with theLa Liga club.

Feghouli has been with the club since 2010, when he moved from France’s Grenoble. He has been a steady figure for the team, making at least 20 league starts each of the last four seasons.

But, according to Marca, Feghouli’s agent is making ‘ludicrous’ fees demands, shuttering negotiations for now. The paper reports that the Algerian’s own salary request, €2.5 million (Dh10m) per season, is considered reasonable.

Feghouli, 25, was a pivotal member of the Algeria national side that reached the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He has since continued to be an influential playmaker for Valencia, where he has 10 goals and 14 assists across the last two seasons.

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Valencia are keen to keep him, Marca reports, given that ‘they would have to shell out far more to sign a player of his mould’ than by simply retaining him. But the club intend to uphold ‘certain financial principles’ even if it means losing Feghouli.

That prospect will grow the longer he remains without a renewed contract – as Marca notes, he is free to agree to a pre-contract deal wherever he pleases after January 1.

Aston Villa

Gokhan Inler is on Aston Villa’s radar with Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri prepared to let his fringe players leave.

The midfielder, Andrej Kramaric and Yohan Benalouane could all be granted a move from the King Power Stadium after a lack of playing time.

Inler has started just twice in the Premier League after a summer switch from Napoli while striker Kramaric and defender Benalouane are yet to start.

Inler is happy at Leicester despite a lack of action but, as Switzerland captain, knows he needs regular football to safeguard his place ahead of Euro 2016.

Villa coach Remi Garde is tracking the 31-year-old to aid their relegation fight with the side bottom of the table and 10 points from safety.

He said: “I’m aware of this (Inler’s) situation because I’ve looked at all the players who could be interested in this situation because of the Euros. I don’t want to say to you where he is on my list.

“Of course, every player who will play Euros I am interested in because they are good players. It doesn’t mean they will come or that I have already called them. But I know him very well.”

And with Leicester top of the Premier League by two points Ranieri would listen to requests to move if he can find replacements.

“I would like to maintain everyone but I understand if they want to go. I hope to replace them if they do,” he said.

Inler has been kept out of the side by Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante with Leicester surprise title contenders and they have only been beaten by second placed Arsenal.

Arsenal won 5-2 win at the King Power Stadium in September and Ranieri believes Arsene Wenger’s side are title favourites.

He said: “I agree with these people when they say Arsenal are favourites or City are favourites.

“Our team is a young team and it’s the first time we’re top of the league. I would sign a guarantee now to stay above Arsenal, I want to stay above Arsenal at the end of the league. If not at the top, very close.”

* Press Association

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