One eye on future as club welcomes 3 youngsters
With the transfer window hotting up, La Liga runners-up Valencia clearly have a keen eye on the future as they welcomed three new young faces to the club in the past few days. Perhaps most recognizable of these is the arrival of central defender Víctor Chust, who completes a free transfer move from Real Madrid following the expiration of his contract. 21 year old centre-half Chust hails from Valencia originally, where he began his development before switching to the Spanish giants. He would go on to become a main stay with the Castilla side, making 9 appearances his first season before then making 26 starts last season as the club finished top of their league. Despite his fine form, Real Madrid were unable to agree a new deal with the Spanish Under-19 regular, and Valencia took the opportunity to step in and bring Chust back to the club on a 4 year deal.
Several eyebrows were raised when the club also announced they had agreed deals for two 16 year olds, with the highly promising André Verlhac making the switch from France, where he was developing at Toulouse, including 6 starts at centre back for their second string in the French national league, despite his tender age. There is no doubting that Verlhac has the potential to become a fantastic ball playing defender in the future, but the deal also represents a risk given the financial outlay, though to be around £500,000 for such a young prospect. He is joined by Portuguese wonder kid Bruno Narciso, who is also just 16 years old, and came onto the radar of the club with his development at Tondela, as well as being capped by the Portuguese Under-19 team. Most comfortable in central midfield, 16 year old Bruno already possesses great decision making, composure and technique, and again Valencia will be hoping he will develop into a first team regular in the future, at best becoming a successful first team fixture and at worst bringing some much needed future revenue to the club. It is thought the midfielder, who already speaks fluent Spanish and some English, already has a release clause of over £15 million as part of his contract with the La Liga side.Share this: