Mathieu's sale to Barcelona has weakened Valencia - Salvo

The Spanish club's supremo concedes that losing the French defender to the Catalans was a blow for his side but welcomes the arrival of forward Rodrigo from Benfica
Jeremy Mathieu's sale to Barcelona was "not good" for Valencia and has weakened the team, says club president Amadeo Salvo.

The Catalan giants sealed a €20 million (£15.8m) deal for the French centre-back on a four-year contract on Tuesday.

Mathieu's move was finalised following weeks of negotiations between the two sides after the player pleaded with Valencia to sanction a move to the Camp Nou.

When asked about the defender's desire to sign for Barcelona, Salvo told the press: "It's normal, it's human and it always happens in football. It's clear that we would have liked to have Mathieu [for longer]."

Though they have lost the French defender, Valencia strengthened their attacking options by signing Benfica striker Rodrigo on a one-year loan deal.

Salvo is pleased with the transfer and hopes that the 23-year-old will play a big role at Mestalla this season.

"It is a great satisfaction to have a forward with his abilities – young and with his future ahead of him," he enthused.