Martin Zubimendi, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, wants to stay at Real Sociedad, says La Real president Jokin Aperribay.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have previously reported that the San Sebastian outfit are braced for interest in the 23-year-old.

The defensive midfielder, who missed out on a spot in Luis Enrique’s World Cup squad, signed a contract extension with the La Liga side in October.

The one-time Spain international’s deal at the Anoeta expires in 2027, but there is a £52m release clause inserted in his contract.

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Zubimendi played the full 90 minutes in both of Sociedad’s matches against Erik ten Hag‘s Red Devils in the Europa League this season.

His appearances against the twenty-time league champions are his only outings in this season’s competition so far. He didn’t feature against Sheriff Tiraspol or Omonia Nicosia.

Manchester United-linked Martin Zubimendi wants to stay at Real Sociedad, says La Real president

While Barcelona are also reportedly interested in signing the anchorman, La Real are not expecting United to pursue their number three in the January transfer window.

The latest report from Mundo Deportivo claims that both Ten Hag and Barca boss Xavi “love” Zubimendi and while the former Ajax manager will likely be focusing his efforts on finding a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, a move for the Spaniard next summer cannot be ruled out.

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The 52-year-old may have bolstered his midfield options with the signings of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro, but with the Dutchman reportedly willing to let Fred go and question marks constantly surrounding Donny van de Beek‘s long-term future, a delve into the midfield market come the summer could be a real possibility.

But Sociedad’s president Aperribay believes that Zubimendi wants to remain with Imanol Alguacil’s side.

Aperribay told Mundo Deportivo: “[Zubimendi] has had many opportunities to leave, but he wants to stay at Real and is a fundamental pillar.”

But while Aperribay sounds confident about his hopes in keeping the midfielder, he did admit that if Zubimendi expressed a desire to leave the club, he wouldn’t be in “favour of him staying”.

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