Spanish Segunda División side Almería are understood to be interested in signing Nottingham Forest defender Chema Rodríguez, according to AS.
Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has suggested to the Nottingham Post that Chema Rodríguez will not leave the City Ground before the end of the month.
Rodríguez has played 620 minutes of football in the Championship so far this season, according to Transfermarkt. He has been performing well at left-back in recent weeks.
The 27-year-old joined the Reds on a two-year contract in August, meaning that his current deal doesn’t run out until June 2021.
Despite reported interest from Almería, Lamouchi has made it clear that he doesn’t want to see a player of Rodríguez’s quality leave this month.
Lamouchi told the Nottingham Post about Rodríguez: “I am not talking about rumours. Chema is playing, he is happy here.
“I don’t have any information from the club. And for me, he is with us until the end of the season.
“We are looking for players, not to sell some players – and good players.”
It wouldn’t make sense for the Reds to let go of the defender so early into his City Ground career.
Lamouchi has opted to name him in his starting line-up at left-back in the last five league games.
The 27-year-old’s ability to play both at left-back and centre-back is a key reason why he’s such a useful player to have in the squad.
His performances have been so impressive that he’s managed to keep recognised left-backs in Jack Robinson and more recently Yuri Ribeiro, out of the side.
If he was to depart, it would most definitely be something of a surprise to the majority of supporters.
The only reason why he would leave is if he hadn’t settled to life in England.
However, judging by Lamouchi’s latest comments, that isn’t the case.
Rodríguez is likely to start again at left-back when the Reds taken on Luton Town at the City Ground tomorrow.