Gago does not want to leave Valencia, insists Manuel Llorente

The Valencia president has made it clear that the midfielder has not filed a transfer request, but admitted that he was quite upset with the change of coach at the club
Valencia president Manuel Llorente has insisted that Fernando Gago has not told him that he wants to leave in the wake of the dismissal of coach Mauricio Pellegrino, who was replaced by Ernesto Valverde this week.

A number of reports suggested that the Argentine midfielder had demanded a January transfer following the firing of his compatriot at the weekend, and although the club supremo is unaware of such a request, he has admitted that the former Real Madrid man was not happy with the decision.

"Gago has not told me wants to leave in the past 24 hours. When Pellegrino was fired he was one of the angriest players, but what he said should stay in the dressing room," he told AS.

"At no moment did I ever interpret it as him wanting to leave the club. He was definitely angry and affected by the news, as were other players.

"If anyone does want to leave, the door is open, but if both sides are willing, we will carry on as before."

The 26-year-old Gago joined Valencia from Madrid in the summer transfer window, and has since made 14 official appearances for los Che.