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Martinez: No Bilbao switch

Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez has insisted he would never consider switching to Basque Country rivals Athletic Bilbao.

Martinez has reportedly attracted interest from several clubs during an impressive campaign, which began with his first full appearance for Spain in August.

Manchester United and Manchester City are among those to have been linked with the 22-year-old, while Bilbao are also understood to be monitoring his situation as they close in on UEFA Champions League qualification.

However, having risen through the ranks at San Sebastian-based Sociedad, Martinez has ruled out ever moving to Bilbao.

"It is nothing," he told reporters in Spain when asked about the Bilbao connection.

"I cannot see Athletic coming in and giving €30million to the enemy.

"I do not think about it at all because I would never go to the other side.

"For that reason alone everyone can stay calm."