Neville slams transfer ‘obsession’

Valencia boss Gary Neville has launched a scathing attack on football’s “obsession” with transfers after backing his current squad to come good.

Los Che had been tipped to enter the January market following a first half to the season marred by injuries and disappointing performances, but the Englishman appeared to pour cold water on such claims.

“Obviously in football you always have to be adaptable,” Sky Sports quotes him as saying at a Press conference ahead of Valencia’s match against Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.

“You always have to be ready for anything. We get injuries, situations that develop.

“But my point of view, my focus is on the players that are here and getting the players that are injured back because I think when they do come back we have two players for every position.

“I have this big thing in football, this is not just something in the past week; we’ve become obsessed with who we’re going to sign, who we would like to sign, who we do not have.

“It’s something that I do not like. I don’t like it about modern football at all.

“Forget Valencia, this could be the Premier League, French League, Bundesliga, La Liga.

“Of course new signings excite, but they can also cause you problems. It’s not always easy.

“From my point of view, the biggest focus should be on the players we have got.

“We should be proud of what we’ve got, the talent that is in the squad, and make those players the best that they possibly can be.

“This obsession with players who are not at the club in football is something I find very hard to get used to.

“Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I believe you can improve what you have, work with what you have.

“We have three young boys training with us today, travelling with us, what about them?

“They’ve come up from the academy, shall I just forget them? Just sign some new players?

“That’s not the way I want football to be. I don't believe Valencia should be that way. It’s important that message comes across.”

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