Aly Cissokho has admitted to having offers this summer to leave Valencia, but he has affirmed that he is prepared to stay and fight for his place.
The Frenchman drifted out of the first team picture towards the end of his debut campaign at Mestalla last year and has been heavily speculated this transfer window as on his way out.
However, in addressing reporters from the team’s preseason base in Speyer, Germany, the full-back has made clear his commitment.
“I’m here to play and to train well,” Cissokho declared to reporters.
“Every day you have to work to be at the right level for the Saturday and to play. I want to go to the World Cup and I am happy to be at Valencia.
“The links away? There are names every day and talk about almost every player. We all know the situation of the club.
“There are players of interest to others and that is normal. But I have a contract here and I want to play. I’m in the preseason to prepare with Valencia, not another team.
“There have been options [to leave], but I am preparing here. I’m fine and want to focus my mind on Valencia.
“The past year has helped me a lot. For the language, which is important. I have personal goals, such as to make the World Cup and I know I can get there playing for Valencia.
“I want to play well and more consistently.”
Last season, Cissokho’s struggles even saw other players such as midfielders Andres Guardado and Juan Bernat tried out of position at left-back ahead of the 25-year-old.
“The Coach is the one that picks the players. With Valverde I played less. He opted for Guardado. That is his decision.
“But I also played a lot of games in the Champions League and against Madrid and Barcelona.
“I didn’t complain, I have learned. This year I want to play more, of course. Djukic knows that and I have to work so as to impress him.”