Alves wants new Valencia contract

Goalkeeper Diego Alves has appeared to end speculation about his future by stating he wants to sign a new deal with Valencia.

The Brazilian's current deal with Los Che expires in 2019 but he has expressed his desire to sign a new contract and end any speculation, should he be offered one.

"I would like to extend my contract with Valencia,” Alves told Cadena Cope, following links that Barcelona were interested in signing him.

“I will do everything possible but it all depends on the club – I think I've had many good things for this club and I hold no rancour.

“What happened this summer is in the past – I am happy to be here and want to continue in this city for a long time.”

The goalkeeper was also asked about his secret to saving penalties – he's stopped 19 of the 39 he has faced that have been on target.

"It's a psychological battle between the keeper and the taker,” he explained.

"You need to predict what the other will do. I don't study them in advance.

"I just try to get close to the taker, look at them and say nothing. The face of the taker says a lot.

"Of course, each penalty save means more responsibility."

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