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Diego Alves Denies Roma Interest

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Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves has played down rumors of a possible move to Roma this summer.

The Italian Serie A giants have reportedly targeted the Brazilian after their on-loan shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny returned to Arsenal.

“I am contracted with Valencia until 2019 and I will return to training [next month] despite what people are saying,” Alves told ESPN Brasil.

The 32-year-old has made 146 appearances for the Spanish club since his 2011 move from Almeria.

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In 2016, he became the goalkeeper with the most penalty saves in Spain’s top flight, breaking Andoni Zubizarreta’s previous record of 16.

Alves said his immediate priority was to become Brazil’s first-choice goalkeeper ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia.

“Every player wants to be a part of the World Cup and now there is a short period of time to be noticed before the tournament,” he said.

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