Valencia Confirm £12m Signing Of Francis Coquelin From Arsenal
Valencia have confirmed the signing of Francis Coquelin from Arsenal on a contract until 2022.
Francis Coquelin, 26, arrived at Arsenal from French side Laval in 2008 and went on to make 160 first-team appearances.
The combative midfielder spent several loan spells away from the Gunners before establishing himself as an integral part of a Arsene Wenger side which won the FA Cup in both 2015 and 2017.
His deal at the Mestalla runs until the end of June 2022 and contains a buy-out clause of 80 million euros (£71million), Valencia revealed on their official website.
The Frenchman is reported to have cost Marcelino’s Los Che – currently third in LaLiga – £12million after making only seven Premier League starts for the Gunners this season.
After completing his transfer to Valencia, Francis Coquelin said
“I have seen the team, they are going along very well, they are third in the table. I have watched their recent games, since I knew that the negotiations between the two clubs were picking up, such as the Copa del Rey game versus Las Palmas.
They were very good. I believe that the players are doing a great job. Obviously, I am here to help the team and to help them hit their targets.”
Coquelin considers himself to be “a very passionate player, I always give everything, I hope that you will all see that soon, but I will always give my best,” he said.