Gil ‘wanted to face Valencia’

Carles Gil has admitted that he has been left frustrated by a clause preventing him from appearing for Elche against parent club Valencia this weekend.

Week 14 in La Liga will see the 20-year-old attacking midfielder sidelined at the Martinez Valero, with Los Che having installed a clause in his loan agreement to Elche that he could only play against them for a penalty fee of around €300,000.

With Elche not paying this, the recent Spain Under-21 debutant has been left to mull things over from the sidelines.

“I always want to play and more so in this game, which is special to me,” Gil has told reporters this week.

“I am annoyed by it, but I will encourage the team every way that I can and I am sure that we will be able to play a good game.

“You cannot do anything [about the clause stopping him from playing] and you have to respect the decision of Valencia, even as it counts against me.

“Valencia have loaned me out to play more games, but are aware that Elche are an opponent this year and so I cannot face them. It is not the first time this has happened and I am not the only one.

“I wish that Elche could have paid the clause, but I understand that it is a lot of money. It would be nice to be able to play and have no fee due.

“We did try to remove the clause, but Valencia did not accept.

“My future back at Valencia? I will always be grateful to Elche.”

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