Gaya delighted with new Valencia deal, but annoyed by transfer rumours

Mestalla Valencia

The young star has reacted positively to his new contract, but negatively towards media stories linking him with other clubs.

The latest pearl of the Valencia youth system, Jose Luis Gaya, has spoken of his delight at the new deal signed with the club last Friday, which secures his services at the Mestalla until June 2020.

At the press call on Tuesday, via the official club website, Gaya began with words of gratitude for the Valencia general manager: "I especially want to thank Rufete for the opportunity he gave me to move up to the first team. Without him I would not be here. Him and Valencia CF."

The 19-year-old starlet then enthused: "This is still a dream for me and I still have many more to accomplish, but it's what I wanted from the beginning. We are all happy."

Clearly content to have committed his future to Valencia, one thing Gaya hasn't been happy about, is all the transfer speculation whilst negotiations were progressing. Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal; practically any Premier League club chasing a place in Europe next season, were linked with interest at some point or another.

Critical of the press reports, he explained: "I have seen and heard many lies about the process, but I decided it was best not to comment on them. Both the club and my agent knew that I intended to continue here. I am very happy here and hope to stay for many more years."

Sections of the Spanish media had even claimed Gaya was to join Real Madrid in the summer. Regarding those reports, he pointed out: "It was best to keep quiet because I've always been focused on playing - that's what I have to do. It was the best option."

"I read that I had already signed for another team, and that's totally false. I was always calm, we were always going to reach an agreement because both sides wanted to continue. I told my agents that I wanted to stay here and that we would not listen to any other offers." He assured, dismissive of the recent speculation.

Looking ahead positively, Gaya observed: "We are carrying out an ambitious project, and now my focus is the match against Celta Vigo, taking the three points and achieving our objective." Which is to secure a top four finish in La Liga, and with it, Champions League football next season for Valencia.

Valencia general manager Rufete also commented, clearly very happy, having locked down the future of one of the brightest talents in Spanish football, highlighting: "He is a player with a great future ahead of him. At the Academy we want the kids to see that they can reach the first team and make a place for themselves within the team of their dreams, where they have trained every day."

"It is a privilege to have him here." Rufete enthused, adding: "When a football player performs at the level of Jose Gaya any club in the world would love to have him."

As for the protracted contract renewal talks, and the numerous clubs who were reportedly interested in signing Gaya, Rufete reasoned: "In a contract renewal there are many points, and he has demonstrated his professionalism every day. We are proud that our players are wanted by other teams; it means that the club is thriving. Each time we renew a homegrown player in the first team it is a source of pride."

Gaya has practically been an ever-present for Valencia this season, with only goalkeeper Diego Alves having made more appearances. The supremely talented wing-back has enjoyed 33 outings in La Liga, playing a total of 2,737 minutes, underlining his importance to manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

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