‘Valverde’s renewal? We’ll see…’

Valencia President Manuel Llorente has declined to offer too much insight into whether or not the club are talking with Ernesto Valverde over a new contract.

Valverde’s current deal runs until the end of the season but, in light of the club’s improved form under him, attention has turned to whether or not he will sign a new contract.

So far the Coach has been speculated as unwilling to discuss terms until Llorente and sporting director Braulio Vazquez are confirmed in their positions for next season, whilst other reports link other parties such as Athletic Bilbao as interested in the 49-year-old.

Talking to reporters today, Llorente refused to add too much detail to a situation that Valverde similarly spoke little about over the weekend. 

“He’s doing a great job in Valencia and we will see. Actions speak louder than words,” the President responded today.

“For now I cannot say any more. He’s doing well, he has put us up there in the table. The team is working together very well with him and there is a good morale.

“There is still time, we are in March and there is still time to talk about that.

“We are very satisfied with the work he is doing, but we believe there is still time. When something happens we will say.”

Llorente, who also declined comment on contract renewal talks for Adil Rami and Jeremy Mathieu, turned his attention to on-the-field matters.

A recent run of good form in La Liga was ended at the weekend with defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

“The team is playing very well and there is a luck factor that we have not been favoured by. But we are not satisfied with playing well.

“We have to win, that is our duty. Next weekend against Real Betis is an important game for us. We want the stadium to be full on that Saturday to encourage us and make the team feel comfortable.

“It’ll be a good game and we will win because I am seeing the team play well, with a very positive dynamic. But, it is not useless if we lose.”

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