Kondogbia to pay his own Inter Milan release clauseFebruary 22, 2018
Geoffrey Kondogbia has said he will pay his own release clause from Inter Milan to join Valencia.
French midfielder Kondogbia has been in superb form this season and has played an integral part in Los Che’s impressive league campaign, which sees them sit one point above fourth placed Real Madrid and having remained unbeaten until December.
The French international’s form has been met with interest from a number of big clubs, whilst Valencia officials have been keen to discuss a permanent deal with parent club, Inter.
There desire to keep hold of the midfielder is said to have ended though due to a lack of funds, failing to reach his valuation of €25m.
Champions League qualification could see them stretch to the figure, but interest form China is gathering pace and it is unsure if the Spanish club would want to spend all of their available funds on one player.
However, the player himself has now said he would be willing to pay his own money to complete a move.
“I had spoken to Valencia a year before joining but opted to stay at Inter and then Marcelino arrived,” Kondogbia told Cadena Ser.
“He spoke to me with (vice president) Mateu Alemany and guaranteed there would be consistency. I realised it was the right moment to move.
“The Coach made it clear he trusted me to be a part of his sporting project and that means a lot to a player. I was coming off a difficult season and wanted to find myself again.
“The fans are demanding in Valencia too, but they are warm and supportive with the team. I am very happy here and have everything I need to settle in.
“I’d pay the €25m clause to buy me outright, but that’s obvious!”
Kondogbia’s potential return to Inter later this summer will see Los Che boss Marcelino look to find a suitable replacement and whilst Francis Coquelin was signed from Arsenal, it is understood other options will be pursued.
Joao Cancelo who was involved in the loan deal for the midfielder to Valencia will return to the Mestalla too, having had several problems during his spell in Italy with Inter.