Mathieu's sale to Barcelona has weakened Valencia - Salvo

Los Che supremo has conceded that losing the French defender to the Catalans was a blow for his side but praised the arrival of forward Rodrigo from Benfica

Jeremy Mathieu’s sale to Barcelona was “not good” for Valencia and has weakened the team, according to club president Amadeo Salvo.

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

Mathieu’s move was finalised after 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 said: "It's normal, it's human and it always happens in football. It’s clear that we would have liked to have Mathieu.”

Despite losing Mathieu in defence this summer, Valencia strengthened their attacking options by signing Benfica striker Rodrigo on a one-year loan deal.

Salvo revealed that he was satisfied with the transfer and hoped that the 23-year-old would play a big role at Mestalla this season.

"As you know, we already signed him and he’s a Valencia player,” the Che supremo confirmed.

“It is a great satisfaction to have a forward with his abilities – young and with his future ahead of him.”