Valencia coach Jose Bordalas has admitted mixed emotions with their January market work.
Bordalas commented on their additions ahead of tonight’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Cadiz.
The coach said, “They are the signings that the club have made, and the players with whom we will have to face the second half of the season and the Copa del Rey. Ilaix is a young player whom we have already seen participating at Barça, and wasn’t participating at Leipzig; I wanted Bryan Gil in the summer transfer market and it didn’t happen; Eray Cömert, the centre back, is a necessity because Gabriel Paulista has been out for 3 months due to injury. I’m sure that they will help us.
“These are the signings that have arrived. It is true that I would have liked, as I asked for it as a priority, a midfielder. I know that the club worked on that, but one did not arrive. It was a priority for Daniel Wass not to leave. We talked about Ilaix coming in as long as Wass didn’t leave. We will try to improve and be effective in the second half of the season.
“A midfielder was a priority and has not arrived. We talked about Ilaix as a No.8 or a No.10, but always without Daniel Wass leaving. He did leave, and we haven’t covered that position. I am the coach and I will try to get the most out of the squad. Even if some of the players lack that experience, they will help us.
“We always transmit, within a consensus, the needs that I considered were present. If the players have not arrived in other positions, it is because finally, the club have not been able to find or have not been able to sign those two players who improve the level of Valencia CF.”
Bordalas added: “I’m not going to give an adjective for it. I have already commented with my opinion and from now on I am the spokesperson for the team, for the day-to-day requirements of the competition.
“There will be other people who will be spokespersons and there will be other economic reasons or reasons that escape me for things happening. These are the players who have arrived and the squad is what we have. We are going to try to perform at our best.”
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