Paco Alcacer says he is proud to remain with Valencia after agreeing a new contract at Mestalla that will tie him to the club until 2020.
The 21-year-old striker, who made his Spain international debut against Macedonia last September, held a Press conference to explain his decision in light of interest from several clubs, and could not hide his delight.
“I’m very proud to be at Valencia and even more so because I’ve been here since I was a child,” he told assembled media.
“I’d like to thank the club because they’ve made a great effort for us to reach this agreement and I’m really happy to be here for another five years. Both parties wanted the same thing and wanted me to continue.”
Alcacer’s new deal contains an €80m release clause, the highest in the club’s history, although he says it will not weight heavily upon his shoulders.
“It’s satisfying to have that release clause and it’s an honour I’m wanted so much because I want to be here.
“What I have to do now is concentrate on my game and improve day by day. I want to give the Valencia fans reasons to be happy.”
Although other clubs were hot on his trail, most notably Liverpool, Alcacer insisted there was never any chance of him leaving.
“Every time I came into the club’s offices my answer was always the same. I never had any doubts.
“I’ve been coming to this stadium to watch the team since I was young and for me it’s a dream come true,” he declared.