Valencia captain Daniel Parejo has no plans to leave the club despite speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, he has clarified.
The 29-year-old moved to the Mestalla in 2011 and played an important role in helping the side qualify for this season’s Champions League.
“This is my eighth season at the club and I want to continue here,” Parejo told an interview with Marca.
“All players would be honoured to play for a club like Valencia and I am happy here, I want to stay.
“The new contract for the Coach is well deserved, he has shown so much hard work, he is dedicated and is the upmost professional, which he transmits to the rest of the squad.
“As a Coach he has shown all this at our club and elsewhere in his career, and he is a big factor of course for any player.
“Our squad? We are strengthening, the process is gradual but it is happening, we have an excellent squad now.”
Parejo, who has one Spain cap, has a €50m buy-out clause in his contract at Mestalla, while Barca Coach Ernesto Valverde is said to be a big admirer.