Real Madrid target Andre Gomes fully focused on Euro 2016 semifinal
Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes says he is not thinking about the continuing speculation over his future, with Real Madrid reported to be considering a €65 million bid for the Portugal international.
Gomes, 22, joined Valencia from Benfica in the summer of 2014 in a deal eventually worth €15m.
The signing was part of an investment in promising young players organised for owner Peter Lim by Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes, and the attacking midfielder enjoyed an excellent first season with the La Liga club, sparking interest from many of Europe's top clubs.
Although his form dipped last season, that has not stopped rumours that Gomes will be on the move this summer -- with Marca featuring him on their front page and saying that Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Paris Saint Germain, Inter Milan and Napoli are all competing for his signature, with Valencia unlikely to let him leave for less than €60-€65m.
Speaking from the Portugal camp ahead of Wednesday's Euro 2016 semifinal against Wales, Gomes said that this was neither the time nor the place to comment on all the media speculation over his future.
"The newspapers seem to know more about my life than I do myself," Gomes said.
"This is not the right moment to talk about my professional life, just before a Euro semifinal. This is not the right place."
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan