Javi Martinez
Athletic Bilbao's Martinez challenges Manchester United's Evra during their Europa League match in Manchester. REUTERS

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez has revealed his head has been turned by reports linking him with a move to the Premier League.

Martinez, 23, has had a stand-out season for Bilbao both domestically and in Europe and his stock is only likely to increase in the wake of another impressive display in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Bilbao midfielder shone as the La Liga side beat Manchester United 3-2 in the first-leg of their last-16 clash at Old Trafford.

Barcelona and Manchester United are both reportedly interested in Martinez and the Spaniard admitted his physical approach would be ideally suited to the English game.

"Maybe my football is quite physical, it's certainly more oriented to being physical," Martinez is quoted on talkSPORT.

"But I think that is also a valid style here in Spain. Here there are many players who play with my same characteristics.

"Perhaps the football in England is more suitable but I am doing very well here so that's not a problem for me."

The 23-year-old Bilbao star, who has scored three goals in 22 appearances this season, was a member of the Spain squad which won the World Cup in 2010 and he captained the Under-21 side to the European Championship crown last summer.

Addressing reports of Manchester United's interest he said: "I try not to pay any attention to all the things that I see or read. In the end these are just rumours of newspapers and the media.

"The reality is that as yet nothing clear has come my way. No club has made an offer to me or to my agent and so I prefer not to go round in circles with this.

"I am just concentrating now on the end part of the season and just focusing on giving 100 per cent of my thinking and energy to the club."