Ayala poised for exit
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roberto Ayala believes that he will be on his way out of Valencia this summer.
Roberto Ayala believes that he will be on his way out of Valencia this summer when his contract expires, as talks over a new deal have yet to materialise.
The Argentinian defender, who will be 34 in April, clashed with the club's sporting director, Amedeo Carboni, and only remained after president Juan Soler intervened.
In recent weeks speculation has grown that Ayala would be asked to open negotiations, but his agent, Gustavo Mascardi, has stated that no such offer has been received.
Now free to talk to other clubs, the veteran is considering his options after being linked to Villarreal, Juventus, Tottenham and Liverpool.
"It appears that this will be my last season at Valencia," Ayala said.
"I want to end my career in Europe and the longer that I can be here the better."
A breakdown in communication between Valencia and Mascardi did not help matters, as the agent fell out with Carboni over the withdrawal of an offer last summer.
Mascardi has openly criticised Carboni's lack of experience when negotiating and was angered by suggestions that a medical check would be required before any deal was offered.