Mathieu: I’d leave Valencia if…

Jeremy Mathieu has re-opened speculation over his future at Valencia by indicating that he would be prepared to leave if he is not a first-team fixture.

The French international, who impressed with Los Che last season, was linked with a move to Barcelona earlier this summer, before committing at Mestalla to a new contract.

However, despite missing Valencia’s first League game of the season with Malaga through suspension, the defender has chosen to send out a message to Miroslav Djukic.

“I do not close the door to leaving the club, it depends on the games to come, if I do not enter the plans of the Coach,” Mathieu told reporters today.

“I was a little frustrated [to not be able to play against Malaga], but the season is long and time will provide an opportunity for me to play.

“I understand and respect the Coach’s decision, but if this continues I will talk to him.

“My position this season? I see myself as a centre-back and I do not want to play at full-back, in the centre of defence is where I feel good.

“Barcelona? I know nothing of any offers from Barcelona, whilst I do not think they will come for me.”

Mathieu was asked of speculation that teammate Vicente Guaita may be heading out amid interest from Arsenal, started in part for the goalkeeper only making the bench in Week 1.

“For me it is normal that you are angry if you do not play, I do not want to spend the season on the bench.”

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