Valencia announce signing of Francis Coquelin from Arsenal on contract until 2022

Esther Moore
January 13, 2018

West Ham United were interested in taking the 26-year-old across London but the prospect of challenging for Champions League football enticed him to La Liga.

RMC Sport has reported the length of contract to be four-and-a-half years while the reported fee is in the region of €10m.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he expects Ainsley Maitland-Niles to replace Francis Coquelin following the announcement of his departure to Valencia in the January transfer window.

Coquelin admits he spoke to Arsenal team-mates Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla about life at Mestalla before making the move.

Coquelin had joined Arsenal in 2008 as a youth, and made 150 Premier League appearances for the club, but had not featured prominently this season.

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"I'm very happy, it's a big challenge for me, I start a new life, but I'm very excited", Coquelin told Valencia's website, saying he had talked to coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.

"He is a fantastic player with lots of potential still to come, he is a joy to coach and he is a good teammate for all our players and he works very hard. I'm obviously here to help the team achieve their objectives".

He added at the post-match press conference: "He goes to Valencia, he didn't get enough games".

He said: "I would sign him and I want him here permanently, but that's not my job".

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