Feghouli keen to complete Valencia contract talks before AFCON commences

The Algerian has delayed meeting up with his national team ahead of the African tournament to try and thrash out a deal to see him stay at the Mestalla until 2016

Sofiane Feghouli is keen to conclude contract talks with Valencia ahead of the upcoming African Cup if Nations.

The winger has been linked with a host of clubs including Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, but he and los Che are still holding negotiations over a deal which would see him remain at the Mestalla until 2016.

The 23-year-old has been forced to delay meeting up with his Algeria team-mates ahead of the continental tournament being held in South Africa, and he excused being late to arrive as a necessity to secure his long-term future.

"I am in a dilemma," Feghouli expressed to reporters in Algeria. "I have not extended my contract with Valencia and if I go before [it's done] then I'd run the risk of reaching South Africa feeling psychologically bad about leaving my future in the air."

The winger added: "My desire is to join the team a few days late, but at my physical and psychological peak, which means I will be able to give everything for my country as I have done every time I have played.

"I'm looking forward to playing in the African Cup of Nations."