French defender commits to La Liga side.
Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu has moved to end speculation regarding his future by committing to a new deal that will keep him at the Mestalla until 2017, Sky Sports reports.
The 29-year-old has been a reported target for Barcelona and Newcastle United in recent months, with Tito Villanova exceptionally vocal in his admiration for the French ace, however, the Catalan boss looks set to be frustrated as Mathieu has now committed his future to Valencia.
“Everything has been sorted out, I have the new contract in my hands – I just have to sign it,” he told L’Equipe.
“I was waiting to see other propositions, but I have always known I would stay. The World Cup is in one year’s time and the French team is on my mind.
“I could not see myself start again from scratch while I feel fine at Valencia where I am considered as an important player.”
Mathieu had confessed to knowing about Barcelona’s interest, but a move never appealed to him as he knew that he was unlikely to be the club’s first choice left-back.
“Interest from Barcelona? Yes indeed, but I was only fourth or fifth position on their list. I just know their top priority was Thiago Silva,” he said.
“I could have waited but I had to be respectful towards Valencia who were waiting for my answer for a while.
“After having talks with the coach, I think I will start the new season in the centre of defence.”