Francis Coquelin has officially joined Valencia after Los Che and Arsenal agreed on a deal believed to be around £12 million.
The Frenchman has signed a four and a half year deal at the Mestalla with an 80 million euros buyout clause inserted in his contract.
Coquelin spoke with Arsenal teammates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about the move with all four having nothing but positives to give. The midfielder said, “They all said that Valencia is a great city and a big club, so I am very happy to be here.
In a statement on the club’s website, the 26 year old mentioned that he had kept tabs on the clubs in recent weeks.
“I have seen the team, they are going along very well, they are third in the table. I have watched their recent games, since I knew that the negotiations between the two clubs were picking up, such as the Copa del Rey game versus Las Palmas. They were very good. I believe that the players are doing a great job. Obviously I am here to help the team and to help them hit their targets.”
However, it’s not all good news about incomings at the Mestalla with the recall of Joao Cancelo from his loan at Inter in jeopardy.
Cancelo feels he hasn’t been getting sufficient game time which could affect his chances of playing at the World Cup and he wants to return to Spain with Los Che also wanting him back.
Inter though have blocked the return, wanting the player to remain at the San Siro.
His agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly in talks with both clubs trying to speed up a decision.