‘Rayo will do everything possible’

Paco Jemez has promised that on and off the pitch Rayo Vallecano will do everything they can to ensure European qualification for next season.

The Madrid side are mathematically still capable of taking seventh place in the League, after winning at Getafe on Sunday evening, as they head into Week 38 three points behind Betis, but with a superior head-to-head record.

However, the club are not yet confirmed as eligible for European competition next year, having had an application and an appeal for a UEFA licence rejected so far on financial grounds.

“Occasionally there are teams that go against logic and expectations and are able to achieve things,” commented Jemez in reflection of Rayo’s achievements so far this term.

“When we started, nobody imagined this, but it is credit to the players because they are showing in games and in training what they are worth.

“To be seventh does not depend on us. We have achieved more than we thought we would have already and everything else is extra. We are happy, but it would be even better if we can finish in seventh.

“We are doing everything possible to get into Europe on our own right and it would be a shame if the team is removed for non-sporting reasons.

“For the year we have had it would be bad news. We are used to fighting from the start and the directors from the offices.

“We will fight to try and make seventh and the club should do everything possible in the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rectify the situation.”

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