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Record-breaking Lemar can be Atletico Madrid bargain; Parejo's awful week

Let me tell you a couple of things about Thomas Lemar. Costing more than €70 million, he didn't so much break Atletico's record transfer market outlay, he smashed it. Secondly, his move to Los Rojiblancos could have been utterly disastrous.

With due respect to Monaco, living and training in Monte Carlo bears no relationship to working for Diego Simeone and his fierce assistant Mono Burgos. Monaco and Atleti share the same sport, but in the same way that Teslas and monster trucks are both...

Valencia's Dani Parejo hails Simone Zaza, Fabian Orellana after win

Valencia captain Dani Parejo praised Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana following their impressive performances in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The duo, who joined Valencia on loan in the transfer window, scored as Los Che stunned the Liga leaders at the Mestalla.

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Parejo told Cadena Ser radio: "If you want to have a starring role, you need to have a centre-forward.

"This is something we didn't have this season, and Valencia has always had a No. 9. Now we have that with Zaza, who is proving...

Dani Parejo: I rejected chance to leave Valencia in January transfer window

Dani Parejo, right, scored the winning penalty for Valencia.
Dani Parejo (right) said he had decided not to leave in January.

Valencia captain Dani Parejo has said he declined the option of leaving the struggling La Liga side last month.

Last month, Superdeporte reported that Valencia were willing to sell the midfielder and planned to use the funds to buy new players.

Reports in Spain claimed Sevilla had rekindled their interest in signing Parejo, who has scored three goals and set up five more in 20 league starts.

But he told AS: "I could have left, but I didn't. I believed it wasn't the best for Valencia because we are...


Ezequiel Garay hopes Dani Parejo and Enzo Perez stay at Valencia

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Enzo Perez, left, has reportedly received as many as 10 offers to leave Valencia.

Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay is hoping teammates Dani Parejo and Enzo Perez stay at the club amid speculation the pair could leave the Mestalla stadium in the winter transfer window.

Argentine midfielder Perez has received 10 offers, according to Superdeporte, and like Spanish midfielder Parejo, the club are considering selling him this month and using the funds to buy new players. Marca reported that Sevilla have rekindled their interest in Parejo.

"They are great professionals,"...

Valencia deny 'completely false' speculation about Dani Parejo future

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Dani Parejo joined Valencia from Getafe in 2011.

Valencia have denied media reports in Spain that midfielder Dani Parejo is set to leave the club during the January transfer window.

Superdeporte claimed that Valencia sporting director Jose Ramon Alesanco and club technical secretary Vicente Rodriguez met with Parejo after Tuesday's training session to fuel speculation that the player's departure is imminent.

However, the club tweeted a statement that said: "VCF wants to make it clear that rumours of a conversation between @DaniParejo and Alesanco...

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata gives backing to Valencia's Parejo

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Juan Mata has sent Dani Parejo 'my regards and, above all, my support.'

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has backed Valencia's Dani Parejo after footage emerged of him appearing to be drunk and holding a shisha pipe in a nightclub.

The footage showed the player at a nightspot in Valencia.

His struggling team did not play last weekend after their game against Real Madrid was postponed because of Madrid's involvement in the Club World Cup.

Parejo, 27, said he regretted his actions and told a news conference: "We are all aware of the situation of the club, but...