Inigo Martinez
Iñigo Martínez has been a crucial player for Real Sociedad in recent seasons Reuters

Real Sociedad centre-back Iñigo Martínez has claimed he wants to stay at David Moyes's side for the long-term after recent reports in Spain claimed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has earmarked him as the top priority to bolster the Anfield back-line.

Marca and several local newspapers in the Basque Country reported earlier this month that the Merseysiders had indeed launched a first formal €20m (£14m, $22m) offer to secure his services ahead of next season - with the Basque side rejecting it immediately while demanding they meet the player's full £21.5m release clause.

Moyes himself assured earlier this week that Real Sociedad have not received any offer yet even though the Spanish newspaper insisted Liverpool have not given up on their intentions and will improve their bid in the near future.

"Do you think I would want to sell him to Liverpool. We have not had any contact, it is speculation," the manager said.

Now Martinez has played down the speculations claiming that he wants to stay at Real Sociedad until the end of his contract in summer 2017 and is even likely to renew it should his club consider it necessary.

Asked during a press conference about Liverpool's interest in securing his services, the defender responded: "I am relaxed as I have two more years on my contract. So I am not worried about these type of things. I hope to fulfil my contract and then stay further seasons [at Real Sociedad].

"You must be relaxed about this issue, I have two years left. There is a long time left to talk and to sign a new deal, what is important now to me is to finish the season well, on an individual level and with the group. There will be no problem about sitting down and negotiating after that."

The 24-year-old defender was already linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2014 but decided to stay at the La Liga side instead.