‘Valencia must sell before buying’

Cesare Prandelli admits Valencia must sell before they buy in January ahead of Sunday’s match against Malaga in La Liga.

Valencia have been heavily linked with the signing of a No 9 in recent weeks, but despite recouping a reported €70m from the sales of Paco Alcacer and Shkodran Mustafi towards the end of the summer transfer window, Prandelli claims Los Che still have not satisfied Financial Fair Play.

“I was with [Valencia President] Peter Lim and he told me we’d consider options in the market while respecting Financial Fair Play,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“I’ll stick to what I said with Peter Lim. Besdies that meeting, I have no other confirmations to make.

“The match against Malaga is very important to us, first for the table, second for morale and third for the conviction in that we must improve our placing.

“Vinicius recalled in January? He’s under contract with us, his situation will be assessed in the next few days.

“They’re a very well-organised team, who play with a lot of rhythm and counterattack with four players away from home. We must have balance and try to find their goal.

“We have two important players out in Enzo Perez and Nani, but Mario has recovered from Copa fatigue and will be available.

“Copa win a turning point? All games serve to confirm ideas and change situations. We read that game very well, with intensity, so the team are growing from an intensity point of view.

“The 3-5-2? We’ve crunched a lot of data, at first we saw that this was a team with little intensity, with good ball possession, but they’d win the ball back very far away from their opponents’ goal.

“We’ve tried to change this. Now we have less possession, but we’re winning the ball nearer to our opponents’ box. The data is fair but we must keep improving.”

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