Jonas ‘never thought about leaving’

Brazilian attacker Jonas has denied considering quitting Valencia after being targeted by angry fans at Mestalla.

The 28-year-old’s form has suffered in recent weeks and he was one of Los Che’s players picked out and whistled during Valencia’s last home match against Mallorca.

Even so, the No 7, who bounced back with two goals in the team’s 2-2 draw at Real Zaragoza last weekend, will not be leaving the club.

“I want to fulfil my contract here,” Jonas declared at today’s Press conference after training.

“It will finish when I am 31 and then if there is an offer from Brazil then I will see what I will do, but for now I want to enjoy being in Valencia, where I have been given many opportunities, such as being called up by my national team.

“Valencia is a city that I love and my family likes it here. My thoughts are on fulfilling my four-year contract.

“It is very difficult to return to Brazil and now I want to stay in Valencia, unless the club wants to sell me. I would like to stay in Europe and enjoy it a little more.

“The truth is that the past few weeks have been difficult because of the critics, but we know that in football there are times when you are good and times when you are not and you are a little sad.

“I got two goals last weekend, that has given me courage to be more confident.

“The fans pay for their tickets and have the right to protest, but no player likes it when people whistle them.

“Every day I think of what I can do to improve both the individual and collective performance. The most important thing is that the team were growing, although I was not doing well.”

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