Valencia new boys raring to go

Jeison Murillo and Gabriel Paulista have spoken of their desire to succeed at Valencia after being officially unveiled on Saturday.

Murillo joins Valencia on a two-year loan with a compulsory purchase option from Inter, while Gabriel has signed a five-year contract with Los Che after leaving Arsenal on a permanent basis.

“First of all, I want to thank Valencia for giving me confidence and the chance to play for this great club,” began the Colombian.

“I’m very keen and I’ll contribute through work, sacrifice, good performances and, above all, by proving my worth on the pitch.

“We’ve always wanted these moves to happen. We’re happy to be at Valencia. The Coach’s ideas are clear and I hope to take advantage of my experience in La Liga.

“It’s been quite a complicated few weeks, with uncertainty and some anxiety about not knowing when I could get her.

“The agreement was always in place, but because of external issues it couldn’t materialise. Now I’m here to prove myself because the club have put their faith in me and I’ll do whatever the Coach wants me to do.

“Real Madrid? We all want to play every game, it’s vital that you’re at the Coach’s disposal and more so with the confidence he gives us.

“I’d been working without any problems at Inter, so I’ll be polished for next week and hopefully for the match against Real Madrid.

“Kondogbia? You’re faced with weeks of anxiety and uncertainty when the possibility of changing clubs arises.

“Still, it’s difficult for me to discuss as it’s Geoffrey’s business. If it happens, I’ll be happy because, beyond being my teammate, he’s a friend and he’d give everything for Valencia.

“The fans always play their own game and give you a boost. I played at Mestalla and it was complicated. Now I can enjoy that special, stimulating atmosphere for myself.”

Gabriel added: “I played a year and a half in Spain and I know La Liga. I also want to thank the board for having faith in my work, the Coach, and I really want to get on the pitch and help my teammates.

“The Premier League made me more experienced and stronger so I could return to Spain and help this team.

“I’d already talked to the Coach before coming here and he gave me a lot of confidence. I know him, I know how he works, his style. I’m here for him too.

“La Liga is a very difficult competition but we were able to start well with three points. Things are going to work out for us gradually.

“My injury? It was very complicated, but I feel good and I’ve recovered. I have to do some muscle-strengthening work and although I still lack [sharpness], I think I’ll be ready to play in two weeks.

“Madrid? I want to play every game, but I have to work beforehand. I won’t be at 100 percent for that game and I don’t want to do a poor job.

“My desire is to be available to the Coach in the best shape. I must thank Arsenal because I got my first [Brazil] call-up with them.

“I want to work hard in order to get another opportunity, but before that, I want to think about doing well here, at Valencia.

“With gradual work, I really want to play at the World Cup with my national team.

“Mestalla? I loved playing here [as a Villarreal player], Valencia’s fans are always with the team, helping them fight from the first to last minute.”

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