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13 Agustus 2008

Emery Desperate For Villa And Silva To Stay

Los che's coach is hoping that the efforts made by the club are enough to see the highly sought after pair remain at Mestalla for at least one more season.

Silva is still being linked with a move to Barcelona, having rejected a switch to England, while Villa has been attracting the attention of Real Madrid among others.

"If Villa or Silva leave then it would be really bad," Emery told Radio Marca.

"I am counting on them for this season and we are doing everything possible to ensure that they stay with us and that the fans can see them play every week.

"The club is going to try and keep them with us for as long as they can."

Having taken over the reins at Valencia at the end of last season after a very successful spell with Almería, Emery has been surprised by the media attention on the club.

"One cannot believe the amount of news and stories written about this during pre-season. But we have had to learn to live with it because Valencia is a great club," he added.

Lucas Brown,