Salvo: Djukic 100 per cent staying

Amadeo Salvo has once more backed Miroslav Djukic to stay at Valencia, explained Braulio Vazquez’s exit and denied rumours regarding Jorge Mendes.

The club President’s early-season promise that Los Che would stick by its Serbian Coach for the entire season regardless has recently been put to the test thanks to the team’s poor run of form in La Liga.

However, Salvo has today, ahead of Valencia’s Europa League test in Switzerland against St Gallen, made clear that his support remains the same as before.

“Yes of course, 100 per cent he will stay. Another thing is that he wants to continue,” Salvo commented to reporters today.

“We believe that Djukic is perfect for the project, but the fans must be calm because the project needs time to be put in place.”

However, that project goes forward without sporting director Braulio Vazquez, who was sacked this week.

“It is not a decision about whether or not his signings have been acceptable. It is a decision of the board and that it is the right time, but not for Braulio, who is extraordinary and hardworking.

“But we believe that we need a new structure, like with the youth academy, in how things work. Another type of structure and that is the way in which we are thinking.

“Braulio’s financial settlement? Here everyone is defending their own position. Valencia have their right and the law protects us, as it does Braulio also. When two people disagree, someone will have to decide.”

A report by El Confidencial today alleges that Jorge Mendes holds 50 per cent registration Fede Cartabia and that Ruben Vezo, who agreed earlier this week to join Los Che for the January transfer window, is also a client of his.

“Jorge Mendes is not the one who has signed Vezo. Only two players in the squad are with him, Joao Pereira and Helder Postiga.

“I do not know Vezo’s agents, I have spoken with the President of Vitoria de Sebutal. Next year we will pay 100 per cent €1.65m and they will have a 25 per cent share on any future offer for the player exceeding €20m.

“If we were to sell him for less then they will also get a 25 per cent share, but the decision will be down to Valencia only.

“Why buy Vezo rather than promote from within? Djukic considers that we need a skilled centre-back and that whilst the academy has promise, it does not have anyone ready today.

“But that does not mean that we are not focused on the academy. But Rufete [head of the academy] arrived on June 16 and preseason began on July 8. We cannot expect results to be immediate.”

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