Valencia desperate to keep hold of Bernat

Manchester United and Napoli could be scuppered in their reported attempts to sign Valencia left-back Juan Bernat.

The two sides are said to be keen on the services of Bernat, who has been capped for Spain at several youth levels.

The 21-year-old has made 28 La Liga appearances this season and has also been a regular in Valencia's march to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

Valencia's well-documented financial problems have seen them sell many of their best players in recent years, with David Silva, Juan Mata, David Villa and Roberto Soldado all leaving the club for big-money fees.

But the club's sporting director, Francisco Rufete, says Valencia are determined to keep Bernat - who can also play on the left side of midfield - in Spain, despite foreign interest.

"Juan is a home-grown player from our academy and is a very important player for us," Rufete is quoted as saying in the Italian media.

"We want him to stay with us for a long time, but we also know that there are many clubs that are interested in him because he is playing at such a good level.

"It is good that the team continues to produce such results and Bernat is certainly a player that interests Napoli and many other clubs, but our intention is to keep him."