Valencia extend Gago break

Fernando Gago has been told by Valencia to stay away from the first couple of weeks of preseason training.

The Argentine midfielder only signed for Los Che last summer, but was quickly shipped out on loan in January to Velez Sarsfield after a falling out following Mauricio Pellegrino’s sacking as Coach.

Gago is expected to leave the club this summer, either through a transfer or by negotiating a pay-off for the remainder of his contract.

Subsequently, the club have confirmed this week that he will not take part in the first stage of preseason with the club, although officially this is labelled as an extension of his rest period given the much later finish to the season with Velez.

However, it is understood to be partly at the request of new boss Miroslav Djukic, who does not want the 27-year-old’s presence at a training camp in Germany distracting preparations.

The club have reportedly compromised by extending the player’s holiday, rather than to call him back at the start of preseason on July 8, with it seen that otherwise leaving the player at home when the team depart for preseason may affect his value.

Los Che are yet to receive an offer for the midfielder, but it is seen that Boca Juniors, Sao Paulo and Corinthians are all interested and that Valencia could recoup as much as €3.5m for his sale.

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