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Malaga are hopeful that they can fight off interest from Manchester City and Tottenham to hold onto promising midfielder Sergi Darder.

The 19-year-old has broken into the Malaga first-team this season and has earned a call up to the Spanish Under-21 side.And that has alerted both City and Spurs to the youngsters potential, with both English sides thought to be monitoring Darder’s progress.

Reports in Spain suggest that City supremos Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are well aware of Darder’s talents from their time at Barcelona.

But FutbolBalear report that Tottenham have also been tracking Darder for months and could be willing to pay as much as £11m to bring the player to White Hart Lane.

However, Malaga are very keen to see Darder continue his development in Spain and become a cornerstone of their side.

Darder recently signed a new contract at Malaga that runs until June 2017 and contains a £33.5m release clause, which Los Boquerones insist is non-negotiable.

The player himself also insists he hasn’t had his head turned by the speculation.

He said: “I am only focused on my work in Malaga.

“The future? I am calm and my desire is to progress in world football.”

Speaking about his new contract, he added: “When I first started pre-season training, I never knew I’d have such an amazing opportunity.

“This is what I’ve been working for all this time. Malaga really has given me everything.

“I’m so thankful to the club for where I am today, and I’d like to remain here as long as I can. I’ll always be grateful to Malaga.”

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