Che transfer window no-go
By Francisco Acedo & Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Valencia have resolved not to make any signings during the January transfer window.
Valencia have resolved not to make any signings during the January transfer window, despite their ever-growing injury problems.
The Che made a fine start to the campaign but have endured a difficult last couple of weeks both in terms of injuries and results.
They are without a win in three games and currently have no fewer than seven first-teamers in the treatment room.
Diego Gavilan, Ruben Baraja, Carlos Marchena, David Albelda, Asier Del Horno, Vicente and Emiliano Moretti are all out of action and coach Quique Flores met with director of sport Amadeo Carboni to discuss the situation.
Flores is known to have asked for reinforcements when the transfer window reopens in January, but that request has fallen on deaf ears.
The club, who spent big in the summer to attract the likes of Joaquin, Fernando Morientes and Del Horno, have decided that there is already adequate cover in the squad at the Mestalla.
That decision has served to cause some friction between Flores and Carboni, although publicly the coach has called on his players to close ranks and battle on.
"This is a bad moment, but the team has real quality and everybody is now obliged to fight to the maximum," Flores stated.
Despite their decision not to re-enter the transfer market in January, Valencia scouts have been busy in recent weeks with the French market of particular interest to the club.
They are reported to be monitoring the progress of Bordeaux starlet Rio Mavuba (already a full France international) very closely and have had him watched on a number of occasions, receiving glowing reports on the 22-year-old.
Also thought to be on the Che radar are Mavuba's Bordeaux and France team-mate Julien Faubert, Monaco youngster Serge Gapke and PSG talent Youssuf Mulumbu.