It has been a summer of upheaval at Villarreal, but club president Fernando Roig is adamant that he will ensure that the club remains competitive as it embarks upon a gruelling La Liga and Europa League campaign.
Coach Manuel Pellegrini has departed for Real Madrid, forward Nihat Kahveci has joined Turkish side Besiktas and speculation continues to grow that Giuseppe Rossi may not be a Los Submarinos Amarillos player by the time the season commences.
However, Roig remains optimistic that the club can challenge for a Champions League spot next season and although he feels the current squad has enough ability to maintain a high standard, he believes that new faces will arrive to bolster the current crop of players.
“We are currently working on re-inforcements, but it is always difficult to know when and how we can close these deals,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
“Right now we have a balanced team and could face the competition without any problems, because we have good players in all areas.
“But because we have a balanced team does not mean we will not sign anyone. We realise to be competitive, we must strengthen the team. We are working to improve it.”
In recent days Villarreal have been linked with a bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s Russian front-man Roman Pavlyuchenko, as they look to improve on their fifth-placed finish from last season.
Paul Macdonald, Goal.com