Emi Martinez exit fear emerges at Aston Villa as 'huge' transfer mooted after Fabrizio Romano tweet
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Alan Hutton worries big teams will still be trying to sign goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez from Aston Villa as he continues his firm form for club and country.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Martinez, 31, broke the record for the most consecutive clean sheets for Argentina in the international break with the last goal he conceded being against France in the World Cup final in December.
He was also strongly linked with a move away from Villa Park [TyC Sports] after his incredible performances at the World Cup in Qatar.
Hutton worries that Martinez is still attracting the attention from elsewhere despite having a quieter start to this season.
The former right-back believes the ex-Arsenal shot-stopper will be weighing up his options while he admits Villa could decide to cash in if an acceptable offer is made.
“He’s the big one,” Hutton told Villa News.
“Some of the saves he’s made have been quite incredible, there are times when he just looks massive in the goal and you can’t score. He’s a huge factor in where Aston Villa are at this moment in time.
“I don’t think the rumours are ever going to go away with Martinez. In the summer, we were talking about it a lot and it was out there for everyone to see.
“He’s played at such a high level, he’s won the World Cup and you can just tell that his confidence has gone to another level. He’s playing out of his skin. I can understand it because after being at Arsenal and not playing for such a long time and then moving forward all this happens in such a short space of time.
“He’s going to look at all of his options and ask if there is an option out there or if there’s a huge chance for him.
“I hate saying it as a Villa fan – I would hate to see him go. He’s probably the one I wouldn’t want to go at all but he’s the one who sticks out for me with teams monitoring his situation.
“If the money’s right and he moves on, I think it would be a huge loss and then it comes down to the recruitment team.
“Can they bring in somebody with the same capability and be there for the big moments? That’s exactly what Martinez is doing.”
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