The agent of Real Betis' Spanish playmaker, Benat Etxebarria, has confirmed his client will look to leave the Spanish club in the summer, in the hope of a transfer to a more high-profile European club. The 25-year-old international is highly rated in his home country and has four goals and seven assists form 26 La Liga games this year. His contract at the Estadio Benito Villamarin runs out in 2014.
"We are not talking about a new contract with Betis," Jose Vicente Biurrun told Tutto Mercato Web, adding, "Benat's future is, probably, far away from Seville. We are not going to wait until his contract runs out, but we will look for a club at the very top level where Benat can play regularly."
Biurrun also hinted his client was targeting a place in Vicente Del Bosque's Spain squad, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
A number of top clubs are believed to be monitoring Etxebarria's situation, with Biurrun confirming his client would consider moves to Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan in Italy's Serie A. And although he made no mention of the Premier League as a possible destination, talkSPORT linked Etxebarria with a £17m January move to the Etihad.
"Juventus, Milan and Inter are good destinations," he said, "Although at this moment there is no contact, they are very strong clubs and we are open to considering any offer."
City boss Roberto Mancini was believed to be interested in the player last summer as well but minimal transfer activity at the time meant no approach was made. At present, the outgoing Premier League champions do have Etxebarria's national team mate, David Silva, in the playmaker's role, with French international Samir Nasri as competition. Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure is also an option in that position.
However, ex-Arsenal midfielder Nasri has not had the best of seasons at the club and a poor relationship with Mancini may see the 25-year-old moved on, with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain (PSG) a possible destination, and should that happen, Etxebarria may fit in very well with Silva and Argentine striker Sergio Agüero in front of him.