La Liga

Valencia fire sale: "Everyone knows our squad is weak"

Javi Gracia is desperate for more players at the Mestalla after the club sold off a number of key stars

1:42pm on Friday 11th September 2020
Martin Macdonald

Valencia boss Javi Gracia has lamented the lack of transfer activity since taking over as head coach, as he copes with a number of key stars leaving.

Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin were sold to Villarreal for cut-price fees, while Ferran Torres and Rodrigo were sold to Manchester City and Leeds respectively.

Other first-teamers have also been linked with moves and it has left the Valencia squad extremely thin ahead of the new season which starts this weekend.


City as champions, West Ham going down - Premier League 20/21 predictions

Bayern to see off Dortmund again - Bundesliga 20/21 predictions

Inter to challenge again but Juventus... just - Serie A 20/21 predictions

Watford as champions, Wednesday going down - Championship 20/21 predictions

"The squad is weakened, as everyone can see," he said ahead of Valencia's match against Levante on Sunday.

"Five important players have left, and we are hoping for replacements which I was told would be coming in before I joined. But none have arrived and we are starting the season."

When asked if he felt cheated by the Valencia board's failure to bring in new players, Gracia was diplomatic in his response, but wonders why certain deals have not got over the line.

He added: "To this day, there is no time to be able to feel like that [cheated].

"We have intention of reinforcing the squad and fulfilling what we have been promised. [But] I have my doubts and I am sceptical because players who could have been important and with whom talks were advanced, have not been finalised."

Los Che finished ninth in La Liga last season.

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski wins again as Mbappe grabs second

The Bayern striker has claimed glory in the award for a second straight year and some big name rivals were also prominent in the European golden boot race.

  • 6 months
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Mbappe and Muller share award as Messi makes podium

The PSG and Bayern forwards could not be separated in the creative standings as the club season reached its conclusion.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Son share Golden Boot, Ronaldo 3rd

The Liverpool and Tottenham stars have finished level in the final goalscoring standings for England's top flight this season.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League Table: Manchester City beat Liverpool to title

Manchester City claimed the Premier League title on the final day of the season, edging Liverpool into second

  • 6 months

La Liga Table: Sevilla book Champions League qualification

Sevilla have booked their place in next season's Champions League after drawing 1-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

  • 6 months

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

  • 6 months