Emi Martinez's agent speaks out on his Aston Villa future and makes Man Utd transfer claim

Emi Martinez has won three titles with Argentina
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Emi Martinez's agent Gustavo Goni has been speaking about the goalkeeper's future after his penalty heroics against Ecuador sent Argentina into the Copa America semi-finals.

The Aston Villa man saved two penalties in the shoot-out after Lionel Messi missed Argentina's first spot-kick. Incredibly, Martinez has conceded just 12 of the 24 penalties he has faced for his country, while La Albiceleste have won all four penalty shoot-outs when he has been in goal.

Martinez has won three trophies with Argentina, which is a greater number than he has lost games, having been defeated just twice in the 43 appearances he has made for his country. He has achieved an awful lot in the last 18 months for club and country - and he has made no apologies as he continues to set increasingly challenging goals on behalf of Villa.

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He has played a significant role in the club's progress under Unai Emery as the club returned to European football last season and qualified for the Champions League. He has spoken many times about wanting to play for the club in UEFA's elite club competition and his next target is to win silverware.

Martinez, speaking on Ben Foster's Fozcast last month, said: "Let's say you play for Man United, you qualify, you finish top four. Anyone can do it. Even if it's Tottenham or Chelsea, they're big clubs. Aston Villa had to wait 42 years - what if I can do it? What if we did it? It's something that's hard to do. It's challenging myself. I said to my mom, my agents, it means more to stay at a club like Villa and deliver what I was dreaming. It's like winning a title with Argentina. What's next? It's a title with the club."

Following his excellent performances for Argentina in the USA at the Copa America this summer, Martinez's future has cropped up again, but agent Goni says the goalkeeper has the opportunity to repeat what Diego Maradona did at Napoli and lead Villa to even greater heights.

"He’s under contract at Aston Villa until 2027 and the club does not want to sell him," Goni told ESPN, via TN Sports. "He is one of the main players in the team that secured Champions League qualification 42 years later.

"We don’t know where he will play, we are in conversations. Aston Villa want to keep him at all costs. He is priceless.

"Maradona was a great player for Napoli and didn’t stop being the best in the world for being at Napoli. I always tell him he has the opportunity to repeat the same feat at Aston Villa. Today he is part of one of the best projects.

"Last year we were close to Manchester United, but the manager then opted to sign Andre Onana because he already knew him. But all those at Manchester maintained that the ideal goalkeeper to win with was Emiliano Martinez."

Goni added: "He is in one of the best projects and one of the best sporting directors in the world alongside one of the most prestigious coaches. They qualified for Champions League, when no one believed they were going to do it.

"A goalkeeper like Emiliano, who turns everything into a box of surprises, maybe he ends up competing on a large scale. But it’s not all said, we are looking, listening, and we will see."

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