Not even the prospect of becoming the best-paid rider in cycling history appears to have tempted Alejandro Valverde to quit his current team, Caisse D?Epargne and jump ship at the last minute for 2007 to T-Mobile.

After negotiations had begun as early as September last year, T-Mobile had made the 2006 ProTour winner an offer believed to be in the region of 10 million euros for three seasons. But Valverde is now said to be much more likely to remain with Caisse D?Epargne. Following talks with their current backers, the Spanish team have not managed to match the German squad?s offer but the difference is apparently small enough for Valverde to decide to stay put.

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