Mayo and Mancebo unhappy

Iban Mayo issues what is effectively a 'come and get me plea' to anyone listening, while Paco Manceb

Iban Mayo issues what is effectively a 'come and get me plea' to anyone listening, while Paco Manceb
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Alejandro Valverde is no doubt happily looking to his wedding this weekend after sorting out his future with Illes Balears for the next three seasons, but two of Spain's other big names are by no means as content based on recent statements in the press. Euskaltel's Iban Mayo, who is being heavily linked with a move to Liberty Seguros, has told Marca that he has not received an offer from Manolo Saiz's team, or indeed anyone else. However, he did say he was open to offers. "Things are the same as they have been. I have got no news of any team being interested and so I am just getting on with preparing for next season," Mayo told the Europa Press agency. "But if there were to be any offers I would listen to them. If there are teams ready to negotiate we will see what happens. There is no harm in listening to what they might have to say." Mayo then affirmed he had not as yet been contacted by Liberty Seguros. Other reports suggested that Mayo is unhappy that his close friend David Etxebarria has been allowed to leave the Euskaltel team for Liberty Seguros, and that Euskaltel did not sign Pedro Horrillo, another rider Mayo is close to. Mayo confirmed that he would not be going to the Tour de France presentation in Paris because he had not been invited. Mancebo, Spain's top finisher in this year's Tour in sixth place, was another Paris absentee, but feels devalued after his Illes Balears splashed large amounts of cash on Valverde. "If they don't improve my contract I will be disappointed," the Vuelta's third place finisher told Spanish weekly Meta2Mil. "A rider needs to feel valued. I have a contract for next season but I would like them to tell me if they are still interested in me." Mancebo continued: "After what I have achieved this season I feel I am worth more than what I am going to earn in 2005. I know that they have been tied up with negotiations over Valverde, but when they have got the time they ought to think about me, because it seems I've been forgotten." Mancebo offered some mild criticism of the Illes Balears team management's rider selection for the 2004 Tour, saying "it ought to have been filled with riders ready to work," but maintained that he would like to stay with the team for which he has always ridden.
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