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Iago Aspas happy at Celta Vigo amid Paris Saint-Germain interest

Iago Aspas has impressed for Celta Vigo this season.

Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas wants to remain with the club despite attracting interest from clubs including Paris Saint-Germain.

El Mundo Deportivo claimed earlier this month that PSG are eager to sign a striker to partner Edinson Cavani during the winter transfer window and have identified Aspas as a strong candidate.

The Spain international has caught the attention after netting 15 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions for Celta this season.

Aspas told Cadena Ser: "PSG has asked about me and other teams, too, but I'm very happy here. There has always been interest from other teams but I will be here as long as the club wants me to stay."

Celta sold Aspas to Liverpool for £7 million in the summer of 2013 but he scored just two goals for the club in 16 appearances before moving on loan to Sevilla, who later bought the player's rights.

Aspas returned to Celta in the summer of 2015 and is under contract with the club until June 2020.

"I'm very happy here with my people," the 29-year-old said. "To be with my son, my wife, my parents -- you cannot pay for that with just money. I always dreamed of playing for Celta when I was young. I want to retire here."

Aspas is the fourth top scorer in La Liga this season with 11 goals, behind Barcelona pair Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

He was key in Celta's 2-1 win at Madrid in last week's Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg, scoring one goal and setting up another. Aspas is hoping the Galician club can pull off a surprise and eliminate the European champions from the competition.

"Real are always favourite," he said. "They are a rival that never gives anything away."

Madrid go into Wednesday's return leg in Vigo without a host of injured players, including Luka Modric and James Rodriguez, while Ronaldo is doubtful.

"I always like to play against the best player and Cristiano is one of the best in the world," Aspas said.

Aspas, meanwhile, says he has no hard feelings about Sergio Ramos despite reports claiming the Madrid captain intentionally spat at him during the first leg encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"I also want Ramos to play," he said. "It [spitting] has happened to me before but it makes more noise when it is the Real captain. But what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch. I am hot-blooded."

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.


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