• Neymar criticised for provoking Valencia supporters

    Neymar criticised for provoking Valencia supporters

    Valencia sporting director Suso Garcia Pitarch has criticised the behaviour of Neymar and blamed the Barcelona forward for provoking his club’s fans in Sunday’s game at the Mestalla.

    During Barca’s 3-2 La Liga win, Neymar was hit by a water bottle thrown from the stands by a 17-year-old Valencia supporter, who has since apologised for his actions that were, he said, led by the Brazilian’s provocations and insults directed at the Curva Nord stand.

    Pitarch said of the incident to Superdeporte: “All […]

  • Lionel Messi curses at Valencia fans who threw objects at Barcelona

    Lionel Messi curses at Valencia fans who threw objects at Barcelona

    Lionel Messi delivered a foul-mouthed tirade toward Valencia fans who threw objects toward him near the end of Saturday’s game.

    Barcelona trailed 2-1 in the second half but fought back to win 3-2 with Messi’s stoppage-time penalty in front of the home supporters.

    As Messi and his teammates celebrated the Blaugrana’s winner, a bottle was thrown from the home supporters’ Curva Nord stand into the centre of Barcelona’s huddle.

    Neymar and Luis Suarez were both hit by objects and fell to the pitch, […]

  • Valencia 2-3 Barcelona: Messi fires home from spot to down tenacious Che

    Valencia 2-3 Barcelona: Messi fires home from spot to down tenacious Che

    The Argentine wizard celebrated wildly after handing his side three points with his second of the encounter, as the Catalans battled back from behind in a thrilling clash.

    Lionel Messi beat Diego Alves from the penalty spot with almost the last kick of the game to give Barcelona an incredible late 3-2 victory over Valencia.

    The champions looked set to drop points after Luis Suarez equalised at the end of a breathless 10-minute spell in the second half, during which Munir El […]

  • Iniesta in tears after being stretchered off

    Iniesta in tears after being stretchered off

    The Spain international was caught by Enzo Perez at the Mestalla and was replaced by Ivan Rakitic as the injuries continue to mount up for Luis Enrique.

    Andres Iniesta was left in tears after being stretchered off in the early stages of Barcelona’s clash with Valencia.

    The Spain international was caught by Enzo Perez at the Mestalla, and a stretcher was called for immediately as he was replaced by Ivan Rakitic.

    The 2010 World Cup winner looked to have injured his knee as […]

  • Gary Neville: I won’t coach again for at least five years

    Gary Neville: I won’t coach again for at least five years

    Former Valencia manager Gary Neville has ruled out a return to coaching ‘for at least five years’ as he commits to his business ventures.

    Neville, who was sacked by after four months following a disastrous run of results in his first managerial position, has returned to Sky Sports to work as a pundit alongside Jamie Carragher.

    Following disappointments with both Valencia and the England national team, the former Manchester United right-back has decided to turn his back on the coaching world in […]

  • No plans to return to football coaching after Valencia stint – Gary Neville

    No plans to return to football coaching after Valencia stint – Gary Neville

    Gary Neville has said he will not return to management in the next five years, and admitted Valencia may turn out to be the last coaching job he takes in football.

    The former Manchester United defender spent four months in La Liga last season, but was shown the door by the Spanish club after guiding the team to three wins from 16 league games and also left his role with England after Euro 2016.

    Neville has a number of interests in and […]

  • OFFICIAL: Mangala joins Valencia on loan

    OFFICIAL: Mangala joins Valencia on loan

    The defender arrives at Los Che as a replacement for Shkodran Mustafi, who joined Arsenal on Tuesday, after being made surplus to requirements by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

    Valencia have signed France international defender Eliaquim Mangala on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.

    The 25-year-old arrives as a timely defensive reinforcement for the Liga club following Shkodran Mustafi’s departure to Arsenal on Tuesday, while Aymen Abdennour is reportedly a target for Chelsea.

    Mangala follows Joe Hart, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri […]

  • Official: Arsenal confirm £35m signing of Valencia defender Mustafi

    Official: Arsenal confirm £35m signing of Valencia defender Mustafi

    Arsenal have confirmed they’ve completed the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi.

    The 24-year-old was Arsene Wenger’s number one defensive target and arrives at the Emirates after lengthy negotiations between the Gunners and the La Liga club over the last month.

    Injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista forced Wenger into the transfer market but the Gunners were originally reluctant to meet the German’s £41million release clause.

    However, the two clubs agreed a deal worth around £35m earlier this week and Wenger’s delighted […]

  • OFFICIAL: Barcelona sign €30m Valencia striker Alcacer

    OFFICIAL: Barcelona sign €30m Valencia striker Alcacer

    The 22-year-old joins Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as part of a formidable attacking line-up at Camp Nou.

    Barcelona have announced the signing of Spain striker Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year deal.

    The 22-year-old, who was omitted from the Valencia side that lost 1-0 to Eibar on Saturday, underwent a medical at Barca on Monday before completing a move worth an initial €30million.

    Alcacer scored 43 goals in 124 appearances for Valencia and has won 13 caps for his country.

  • Nani: ‘United career could have been best moment of my life – but it turned into the worst’

    Nani: ‘United career could have been best moment of my life – but it turned into the worst’

    Nani could not understand it. His mind was scrambled and the situation would affect him physically. The Portugal winger had been given a new five-year contract at Manchester United in September 2013 by the manager, David Moyes, and, having joined from Sporting Lisbon in 2007, he felt wanted and ready to fire himself to higher levels. Then Moyes did not play him. Or at least he hardly did so. In 2013-14 Nani would start only seven Premier League games.

    “It could […]

  • Valencia owner in London for Mustafi talks with Arsenal

    Valencia owner in London for Mustafi talks with Arsenal

    Valencia owner Peter Lim is reportedly in London to discuss Shkodran Mustafi’s potential transfer with Arsenal.

    The Germany international has been strongly linked with the Gunners for much of the last week, with Arsene Wenger making him his top target to strengthen his injury-hit defence.

    Mustafi has shone in La Liga and could now make his way back to England, where he previously had an unsuccessful spell with Everton as a youngster.

    According to reliable Spanish-based reports, Lim is now in talks over […]