Palop departs Valencia
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andres Palop has quit Valencia and looks set to sign for Primera rivals Sevilla.Goalkeeper Andres Palop has quit Valencia and now looks set to sign for Primera rivals Sevilla.
The 31-year-old's contract with the Che has expired and he was asking for a new deal worth around é¼2 million to stay on.
Valencia were not prepared to meet his demands and he is expected to instead put pen to paper on a four-year deal with Sevilla.
"Andres is a person with a series of sporting ambitions that I respect," stated Valencia president Juan Bautista Soler.
"He decided to take a step, which was to ask us for more money, but we know how far we can go.
"We have very clear ideas."
Valencia have confirmed they will look to bring in an experienced custodian to replace Palop and provide competition for Santiago Canizares and Ludovic Butelle.
Their top target was thought to be Malaga's Juan Calatayud, but reports suggest that Racing Santander's Dudu Awat is also in the frame for a switch to the Mestalla.
Meanwhile, Valencia's move for Zaragoza striker David Villa is edging closer to completion although it is thought they will have to pay the player's release clause of é¼12 million to get their man.