Pizzi: We won’t be letting any players go
Valencia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has stressed that despite speculation about possible exits for players like Sergio Canales or Dorlan Pabón, as far as he’s concerned, nobody will be leaving in the January transfer window.
At his press call on Thursday, Valencia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi underlined that he sees no player sales during the January transfer window, despite reports and speculation that the club are willing to sell Sergio Canales, Dorlan Pabón, or others.
“Right now I’m more convinced than ever. There’s no possibility as of today, that we’ll let go of any players. The squad is very small and the need for everyone we have is absolute. We haven’t been working on letting anyone go and we’re even more insistent about that than we were last week.”
As for the situation of Sergio Canales, who appears to be unsettled, the advice of Pizzi was for him to earn his place in the team and keep battling to do that, because he’s satisfied with what he’s seen from the player in training.
“Look, you can’t say after the first adverse situation; fine, that’s it, I haven’t played a game and now I’m going. This is a profession where squads are comprised of a number of players. About Canales, the only thing I’ll say is that he’s always trained well, that he has certain key qualities for a leading team and when I pick him, he has to perform at his best. When I don’t see it as the right time or think it’s not the right time (for Canales to play), it’s not a matter of saying; I’m not playing and now I’m going. In this profession, a footballer has responsibilities and one of them is fighting against adversity.”
Regarding moves beyond that of Eduardo Vargas from Napoli, the Valencia manager indicated that they are still looking for reinforcements, but stressed that they will not be revealing any comings and goings, until they can be officially confirmed.
“We’re not throwing in the towel. Arrivals and departures are related, but correspond more with my wishes and to the situations at other clubs. Our obligation and minds are focused on working with the players that are already at our disposal and being convinced about getting a good performance from them. If anyone is to come or go, when it happens, we’ll comment.”
Pizzi also gave his backing to the work of club president Amadeo Salvo, but also made it clear that the proposed takeover of the club, plus all the meetings between club officials and socios, cannot avert the focus of the players or himself, from what they have to do at the training ground, or on the pitch in games.
“The players are calm and focused on their football. We’re confident in the decisions of the president and we can’t emphasize that enough. This president is the one who contracted me, with Rufete as sporting director and my being here is partly because of him.”
“The times I’ve spoken to him, he has always looked keen to see this club back where it was, that there’s a sporting, social and economic balance. He looks enthusiastic about Valencia getting on a certain path. We’ll do our best to contribute to that.”
“Whilst the club officials explain the situation to the socios, it doesn’t affect what we must do, because we’re focused on our next game.”
When it comes to the objectives of the team, with Valencia currently 15 points behind the Champions League places, Pizzi made it clear that such a gap is far from encouraging, but that the most important task at hand is to take things one game at a time, whilst improving and giving him time to mould the style of play he wants to see from the team.
“I can’t look at the league table. We have to focus ourselves on short-term aims. We have to build our own style little by little, our own identity as a team. To do that, we don’t need to look at the league table, because it’s not very encouraging. I’m going to remain with the philosophy of improving day by day. It’s a vicious circle; if you prepare well for games, you have more chances of winning, if you win you have more confidence. This week we’ve worked very well and we believe we’re well prepared for the game. We needed to recover from the efforts of the last twenty days and after that, place an emphasis on work we haven’t been able to do.”
Looking ahead to the weekend encounter with Espanyol in La Liga, with their opponents having been in action against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey in midweek, Pizzi expects Aguirre to rotate his players.
“They have a top level manager and they have decisive individuals in attack, such as Sergio García and Cordóba. They made some changes to their team and I suppose they’ll make more changes. It’s very demanding for them and they have a chance to keep going in the Copa del Rey.”