‘Mustafi affected by Paris attacks’

Nuno Santo has admitted that Shkodran Mustafi remains “very affected” by the recent attacks in Paris ahead of Valencia’s match against Las Palmas on Saturday.

The defender was part of the Germany team who lost 2-0 to France at Stade de France on November 13, amid a wave of attacks outside the stadium, which killed 137 people, and the Coach sympathised with the player.

“Mustafi has been very affected by the [Paris attacks],” he said at a Press conference.

“In terms of security, we have to believe that nothing will happen. We must adopt a sense of normality.

“He’s been struck by fear. He came back worried and tired, so we gave him some extra rest. Being closer [to the attacks] meant he suffered more.

“We return with enthusiasm, motivation and excitement for the match [against Las Palmas].

“We want to repeat the good feelings of Vigo in front of our fans and earn three crucial points.

“[On meeting with Peter Lim in Singapore], it’s normal for a technician to meet with the club’s owner. I travelled many kilometres with great pleasure.

“We defined the steps that we have to take and analysed the situation of the team.

“It wasn’t meeting of defining our [transfer] market strategy but more to do with analysis and reflection.

“We didn’t consider any names [referring to potential signings] and we’ll only act when the time is right.

“[On Lucas Orban, Rodrigo De Paul and Alvaro Negredo leaving], we don’t expect any players to leave [in January].

“Everyone will show their importance [to the team throughout the season].

“[On his Twitter account], it’s something I’ve been thinking about using.

“I have the opportunity to speak to the fans directly. I have 4,000 followers without saying anything.”

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