Valencia are heading to the new San Mamés for tomorrow’s clash against Aduriz & co.
Although Enzo Pérez this morning touched a ball for the first time since that severe injury, he will not travel with this squad:
Alves, Yoel Cancelo, Mustafi, Otamendi, Vezo, Orban, Ruiz, Fuego, Gomes, Filipe, Tropi, Feghouli, Piatti, De Paul, Rodrigo, Alcácer, Negredo.
With Parejo (sanction) & Gayà (2 week hamstring injury) ruled out too, André Gomes is likely to pull back as a two-way midfielder while Orban will cover the left-back:
Alves, Barragán, Mustafi,Otamendi, Orban, Fuego, Gomes, Feghouli, Piatti, Rodrigo, Alcácer.
The hosting Athletic are more troubled ahead of the game – thanks to Sevilla ironically. Laporte will be suspended, while the unlucky Muniain suffered a 7-month knee injury. Iturraspe & Iraola are doubtful with minor injuries that prevented them from training this morning.
Diego Alves has not conceded a goal for 328 minutes, as we are speaking. New record for our Brazilian penalty-stopper.
FIFA require that Boca Juniors pay the €2.5M for Gago. Valencia already said NO to a swap deal for the promising Marcelo Meli, who scored a golazo in their last game vs Huracán.
André Gomes yesterday denied Chelsea rumors: “Meriton is Valencia. I know that I will stay here. I am enjoying it & there is nothing in Chelsea”.
Emran Badran, founder of Palestinian club Happoel Valencia, will fulfill his dream tomorrow when he travels to Valencia for the local derby vs Levante. According to my insider-source, that will not be his only business in the club but I can’t say more about that for now.
Valencia-B right winger, Nando García, has renewed the contract with Valencia for 3 years – hence rejecting Madrid & Barcelona. His new buy-out clause will be around €26-28M. Next season, he will be promoted to the 1st team although a loan-deal could be a realistic scenario.
Ex-Valencianista Sabin Ilie, brother to Adrian Ilie, was in a fist-fight with Adrian Mutu in a Romanian nightclub this weekend. In all fairness, he never played an actual game for Valencia.
Pedro could join Valencia for €20M. The Barcelona winger & his wife have looked at houses in Valencia, but the negotiations will not occur before season ending – possibly due to Champions League qualification.
Edinson Cavani’s agent: “We must remain attentive to the evolution in Milan & the change of ownership in Valencia”. The Uruguayan is not satisfied with being used as a winger in PSG.