Valencia have made its first signing forward of the brand new La Liga season with the arrival of winger Samuel Castillejo on a free switch from AC Milan.
The transfer sees the 27-year-old return to Spain, the place he beforehand performed for Malaga and Villarreal, after 4 seasons in Italy, with new Valencia coach Gennaro Gattuso – who beforehand coached Castillejo at Milan – a key issue within the transfer.
“I’ve spoken to Gattuso and it is apparent that due to him every part has been quite a bit quicker to permit me to be right here. I’m going to speak to him later when now we have time, however everyone knows what he was like as a participant: he’s a winner and he has an ideal profitable mentality,” mentioned Castillejo on his arrival in Valencia.
Castillejo’s transfer to Valencia will assist the membership to beat the lack of gamers corresponding to Denis Cheryshev, Helder Costa and Bryan Gil, who all left on the finish of the final season.
The membership’s monetary issues imply that Portuguese worldwide winger Goncalo Guedes is also bought earlier than the beginning of the brand new season, together with Spain internationals Jose Luis Gaya and Carlos Soler, who has been linked with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Valencia had tried to signal Castillejo, who solely made 5 appearances for Milan final season, in January, however as an alternative signed Gil on mortgage from Tottenham.
Dembele to Stay at Barcelona
Barcelona president Joan Laporta additionally mentioned the membership is protecting France ahead Ousmane Dembele, who is predicted to have his contract prolonged till the top of 2024. Dembele carried out properly this previous season after refusing to depart on a mortgage.
Laporta didn’t reply questions on whether or not Barcelona was nonetheless making an attempt to signal Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Laporta mentioned not too long ago that Barcelona had made a proposal for the striker.
(With inputs from Agencies)