Valencia midfielder Ilaix ready for Copa semi: I’m very happy to be here

Valencia midfielder Ilaix Moriba is happy with his first week back in Spain.

The former Barcelona starlet is on a straight loan from RB Leipzig.

Ilaix said: “I’m very happy to be here. I’ve seen the support from the fans and how they spur the team on. It’s not something that you see every day. It gives us more of a boost to go for it.

“I always have the mentality that I want to play. I want to give my all. I accept whatever the coach decides, and helping the team is the most important thing.”

On this week’s Copa del Rey semifinal against Athletic Bilbao, he also said: “It’s a battle. We have to go to Bilbao with cool heads and fully focused on the game. We’ve seen that they are a team who have knocked out Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, we have the same desire as them, and you never know what might happen in a game.

“When I saw that we were drawn against Athletic Club, I thought ‘wow, that’s a tough team’. When I saw that the second leg would be at home, I was more confident. It’s an evenly matched tie, and we have to go to Bilbao with the mentality of going at them. We can’t hold back. At Mestalla, we all know that we can’t stop running and have to get after the opposition -whoever they are. We have to peg them back.”

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