Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu has issued a statement in an attempt to get his club negotiating with Barcelona ahead of a possible transfer. The club want up to €20m for the defender but Barcelona have been put off by the figure, offering around €14m initially.
Mathieu, 30, was the subject of a bid from Barca but Valencia rejected the offer. Now desperate to clinch a deal to move to a club he calls ‘the biggest in the world’, Mathieu released a long statement clarifying his position and why he feels the club should reward his loyalty.
“Valencia CF has an offer on their table from an important club that wants to have my services,” said Mathieu’s statement, released via the news agency EFE. “I don’t hide that for me this is a gigantic step forward in all aspects, and it’s a reward for all the work and effort I’ve put in, and it’s a unique opportunity that I think every footballer would like to have.
“I want to ask Valencia CF and its president, Amadeo Salvo, to please understand the situation and accept to negotiate my exit. I have the opportunity to play in the biggest club in the world and that’s all I want. I’ll never forget what Valencia has done for me, but it’s time to move on in the best way possible.
“When I signed my extension last season, the Valencia president promised me that he would let me leave if a good offer like this was put on table.”
Mathieu went on to praise the fans and his teammates, keen not to cause an internal issue, but did not hide his intentions to play for Barcelona. The Catalans have only Marc Bartra and Gerard Pique at centre-back with Carlos Puyol having retired and Javier Mascherano likely to play in midfield under Luis Enrique. It is thought that if they do not get Mathieu for a reasonable price, they could move onto other targets such as Mats Hummels or Daley Blind.
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