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Luciano Vietto speaks on Marcelino’s influence in Los Che deal

New Valencia signing Luciano Vietto has spoken about Marcelino’s influence in helping him join the club from Atletico Madrid.

The striker will be reunited with former Villarreal manager Marcelino, who helped the Argentine during his first year in Spain, with Los Che having an option to buy at the end of the campaign.

And, the Argentine striker has spoken about his decision to move to the Mestalla and reject a move to Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.

“There was an agreement between Atlético and Sporting but Valencia appeared and it excited me,” Vietto told reporters, according to Plaza Deportiva.

“I received the call from Marcelino and it was important because we both know each other and when we were together it was comfortable for both of us, so his presence is significant.

“I cannot play against Atletico in the league because of the clubs agreeing a clause and I do not know if in the Copa del Rey it will be the same.

“The first year that I arrived inSpain it was difficult to think that I would end up at Valencia. I played with Atletico and Sevilla and when Marcelino arrived I was excited about the possibility of coming here someday.

“In summer there was interest but it did not materialize and now I am very happy.”

While Valencia have been one of the teams of the season so far in La Liga, currently sitting third, ahead of reigning champions Real Madrid, they have relied heavily on Simone Zaza and Rodrigo up front with few options to rotate.

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Struggled at Atleti

Vietto enjoyed a whirlwind first season in Spain, joining Villarreal from Racing Club in his home country for under £5m in 2014, and scored 20 goals in all competitions in his debut year.

This earned the 24-year-old a move to Atletico Madrid, with the Yellow Submarine almost quadrupling their initial investment.

However, the Argentine has failed to make an impact, netting just once in La Liga in his first 12 months in the Spanish capital.

The striker was sent on loan to Sevilla for the 2016/17 season, scoring 10 times in all competitions, but upon returning to Atleti this year, he has only managed six league appearances, sitting below Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gamiero, Fernando Torres and now Diego Costa in the pecking order.

Déjà vu?

The move represents a good piece of business for Valencia, similar to the loan deal for Zaza last January that also included an option to buy at the end of the season.

Vietto will be reunited with a manager that knows how to get him ticking again, while Los Che have a striker who has the talent but lacks confidence and minutes.

While Zaza and Rodrigo have helped push Valencia into the Champions League places, along with back-up attacker Santi Mina, the squad will need rotating as matches become more frequent and players start to tire after a long season. That is where Vietto will look to strike and regain his past form.

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