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Jackson Martinez set for Porto contract talks

27 June 2013 15:52

Jackson Martinez is ready to put an end to speculation about a move to the Premier League and discuss signing a new contract with Porto.

The striker had a successful first season in Portugal last term, scoring 29 goals in 38 matches for the club as they secured the Primeira Liga title in the closing weeks with a victory over arch-rivals Benfica.

He also played a starring role in the club's UEFA Champions League campaign.

Martinez arrived at Porto after impressing for Chiapas in Mexico, the 27-time league champions beating a host of other European clubs to his signature.

However, after just one season interest in the striker has been rekindled, although Porto are keen to hold onto their prize asset having already lost James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho to Monaco since the end of the season.

Former Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas is reportedly a big fan of Martinez and has been strongly linked with a move, but it is not clear whether Tottenham would be able to meet the release clause in the 26-year-old's contract and his agent, Luis Manuel Manso, revealed that his client would be looking to extend his contract at Porto rather than push for a move away.

Manso told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo that he expected to begin negotiations with the club soon, but he made it clear that he did not want to put the player in a position that would make a future move difficult.

"We don't want to turn Jackson (Martinez) into an inaccessible player," he said. "We want to renew his contract but keep more or less the same conditions.

"I don't know for how many more years, we will only know after we all talk."

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