Valverde: Valencia must focus

Ernesto Valverde has reminded his Valencia players that all the off-field focus will cease as soon as they kick off on Saturday night against Malaga.

Los Che head into a potential Champions League qualification decider at home to the Costa del Sol outfit amid chaos off the field.

Against the backdrop of looming financial pressure from Bankia over an unpaid €86m debt, both the club and its majority shareholder Fundacio VCF have seen respective Presidents Manuel Llorente and Federico Varona resign.

For Valencia’s Coach, it is important that no-one on the football side of things gets distracted.

“Neither the players nor I are oblivious to what is happening at the club, we are waiting, each week something different happens, but this instability aside we have to focus on Malaga, we do not have time and interest to focus on the other aspects,” Valverde told reporters at his Press conference today.

“The important thing for us is what happens on the field, the 11 against the 11, how we will be able to overcome Malaga.

“Come Saturday night at 10pm, we are Valencia, we are what people will look at, not the employers, directors or the fights between them, but the players and if they are capable of scoring a goal against Malaga and winning the game.

“We have to be above the social problems, we have to play football.

“On the issues of the club’s board of directors and the Fundacio VCF board it is almost better to say nothing, I prefer to stay out of it.”

The off-field situation has seen uncertainty and speculation continue to surround whether or not Valverde will sign on at the club beyond the end of the season.

“I have spoken to the club about the renewal but I do not want to talk much about that.

“If I was to talk to someone about this topic then it will not be in the public domain, I will not say.”

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