José Luis Gayà has signed a new deal at Valencia until 2027. The club captain had an emotional renewal ceremony on Wednesday in which he made it clear that never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined becoming captain of Valencia.
The Spain international has had plenty of opportunities to leave the club. Real Madrid came knocking on his door when he exploded onto the scene in 2015, according to Relevo. Real were willing to take a gamble on him, but he stayed at Mestalla. Subsequently, it was the other team from the capital that called him, Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid, who in 2017 tried to land the exciting left-back. Once again, Gayà decided to extend his contract with Valencia.
PSG showed interest in Gayà
Interest from top teams kept coming and it was then PSG who came calling for the captain next, after a great season under Marcelino García Toral. The French side, where Carlos Soler now plays, offered him a high salary, but once again, Gayà said no. Over the past two summers, Mateu Alemany personally phoned the Valencia captain to express his interest in signing him for Barcelona.
“For me, the fact that I could have gone to another club to earn more money is not important at this moment in my life. I am happy at Valencia. Of course, you can say that I’ve had offers, that’s fine, I’m not going to deny it,” said the player after extending his contract with Los Che.
“But I’m happy at Valencia. I believe in the project. In the last three years, I’ve had the chance to play in two finals when they hadn’t been played for a long time. My ambition is to stay here and get Valencia back to where they deserve to be,” he said.