Valencia captain Dani Parejo has signed a new contract with the club that will see him leave in 2022.
A short statement on Los Che’s official website revealed the news and pictured the midfielder signing the deal, which includes an increase in his release clause, now set at €50m.
The 29-year-old has been in superb form this term for Valencia and has now been at the club for eight years, signing in 2011 from Getafe.
Parejo, who has made over 300 appearances and scored 51 goals – was in excellent form against Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening.
Ernesto Valverde chose to make a few changes to his starting eleven and that included leaving Jordi Alba on the bench, whilst Sergio Busquets was missing.
Los Che started the game superbly well and tested Barca’s defence, which included Thomas Vermaelen and it was the visitors who opened the scoring when Rodrigo Moreno broke on the counter attack and played in his strike partner – Kevin Gameiro, who finished well.
Barca then pressed for an equaliser, but it was the visitors who scored the second goal of the game when Sergi Roberto hauled down Denis Cheryshev and Dani Parejo scored a superb spot kick past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Valverde’s men then pushed for a goal before the break and it came when Nelson Semedo was fouled in the area and Lionel Messi was on hand to score past Neto.
Neto then proved vital for the visitors, denying Philippe Coutinho and Messi on several occasions but it could do nothing to stop the latter from getting an equaliser in the second half.
The game stayed that way until the final whistle though as Valencia stayed strong and held on to an impressive point.