Ayala explains Che exit
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roberto Ayala has defended his decision to quit Valencia and join local rivals Villarreal.
Argentine defender Roberto Ayala has defended his decision to quit Valencia at the end of the season and join local rivals Villarreal.
The 33-year-old's contract at Valencia expires in the summer and his future has been up in the air for some time.
He looked primed to leave the Mestalla last summer before ultimately agreeing to stay and it was thought he would subsequently agree new terms with the Che.
However, despite indicating a desire to stay long-term, Ayala - who played in Argentina's 1-0 win over France on Wednesday - claims Valencia showed little interest in negotiating a new deal and consequently decided to accept a lucrative switch to Villarreal.
The stopper insists, though, that he will continue to give his all for Valencia whilst still at the club and has his eyes set on signing off with some silverware.
"Signing for Villarreal does not mean I don't want to win a title with Valencia this season," he stated after the game in Paris.
"Today and in the future I will defend the shirt of Valencia with the same dignity as I have done since the moment I arrived here.
"A few weeks ago I said I wanted to stay and nobody at Valencia showed any intention to make me stay."