Thursday June 6 2013
Djukic: I will awaken Valencia!

Miroslav Djukic has promised to return Valencia to ‘where they belong, among the best in Europe’, after being presented as the club’s new Coach.

Having resigned his position at Real Valladolid, the 47-year-old was widely expected to move across to Mestalla in the wake of Ernesto Valverde’s exit.

In signing a two-year deal to return to the club he once played for, the Serbian exclaimed at the challenge that lies ahead.

“I’m very excited to tackle this project. We have to work together in the same direction - the fans, the media, the board and [majority shareholders] Fundacio VCF,” Djukic told reporters at his presentation.

“If we work together, we will achieve all of our objectives.

“The dream of Djukic was to coach Valencia someday. This is my club and I arrive here eager, but also meeting this challenge with great responsibility.

“For me this is an opportunity to do great things, Valencia are a sleeping giant and I will wake them. I just think about this team and this club because this is my home, I spent a long time playing and living here.

“I want to put Valencia where they belong, among the best in Europe. Since the first day, I will push to achieve these objectives.”

Meanwhile, Real Valladolid are said to be asking for €375,000 in compensation for the final year of Djukic’s contract that now won’t be served at the Jose Zorilla.

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