In the press conference after the last pre-season game at the Taronja Trophy, Valencia Club de Fútbol coach Rubén Baraja was transparent and direct when discussing the club’s situation in terms of the transfer market. Despite losing 2-1 to Aston Villa, Baraja was satisfied with the team’s pre-season work.
The coach didn’t hesitate to express his need for reinforcements for the team. In his opinion, “it’s not about numbers”, it’s about finding players who can complement Valencia’s attack. Baraja said they need at least five or six players, especially in the wide and forward positions, to improve the team’s performance in the coming season.
There are advanced operations, but they are not imminent
Despite acknowledging that they are making progress on some operations, the Valencia coach also stressed that the market has its times and it is important to find the right profiles that suit the team’s needs. The board and coaching staff are working to identify the ideal players to strengthen the squad.
So far the only confirmed signing is that of Pepelu, who joined Valencia from Levante. However, Baraja made it clear that the arrival of more reinforcements should strengthen the squad and achieve the goals set for next season, avoiding last year’s bad taste when the team saved the category on the last day of the league.