Jeremy Mathieu left out of Valencia friendly

Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu will not feature in the Spanish club's pre-season friendly against Nuremberg this evening.

Jeremy Mathieu will not feature for Valencia in tonight's pre-season friendly against Nuremberg as speculation surrounding the centre-back's future continues to grow.

The Frenchman has been the subject of interest from Barcelona this summer, with the Catalan outfit identifying the experienced player as their main defensive target.

Thus far, Barca have been frustrated in their attempts to agree a price with Los Che.

However, Mathieu's exclusion from tonight's match has fuelled rumours that the two teams are close to agreeing a deal.

Mathieu has a release clause in the region of £20m.

Jeremy Mathieu (L) of Valencia competes for the ball with Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid during the Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg match on January 7, 2014
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