Valencia boss Nuno Santo has insisted that “no-one is more interested than me” in exiled striker Alvaro Negredo.
Los Che eased to a 3-0 victory over local rivals Levante in La Liga on Saturday, but the match was overshadowed by chants from the Mestalla faithful, who demanded the former Manchester City man’s return and Coach’s head once more.
“[On the continued booing], I heard them and it hurts me personally, but I’ll take the result,” he said after the game.
“The fans went home with a win against their neighbours and, despite their criticisms, I have only words of gratitude for them because they helped us last season and I know that, with hard work, I’ll change their opinion.
“The road is the one we’re on at the moment, adding points to reach the Champions League places again.
“The coaching staff are working hard to raise [Negredo’s] performance levels.
“I will decide when the time is right for the player to return but, I repeat, no-one is more interested than me in Alvaro [recovering his usual level] with us.
“The team are improving, but we’re still nowhere our best version. Still, we’re working well as we’ve achieved a positive result and therefore I’ll stick with that fact.
Meanwhile, Valencia will be without Enzo Perez for next Saturday’s trip to Celta Vigo after the midfielder accumulated one too many yellow cards against Levante.