JDT and Valencia CF to develop local football

2014 MSL champions have reached an agreement with Peter Lim's Valencia to work closely on developing football in the state

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The Johor Football Association (PBNJ) have released an official statement revealing that the club have reached an agreement with Spanish side Valencia CF to work closely together to develop football in Johor.

Via their official website, PBNJ stated that the agreement was made possible after the efforts made by PBNJ president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, and the president of Valencia CF, Peter Lim.

Quoting from Bernama, PBNJ said “Both Tunku Ismail and Peter Lim have agreed to collaborate in developing football in Johor, sending players to train with Valencia CG and sign players on loan for next season.”

This agreement is yet another step made by Tunku Ismail to bring Malaysia football to another level, by having a link-up with a prominent Spanish club such as Valencia CF.

Peter Lim, a Singaporean stockbroker and investor, is close to taking over Valencia CF with a 70% controlling stake in the club.

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are currently one of the most rapidly growing clubs in the M-League, recently winning the 2014 MSL title.

JDT have also been known to sign top foreign players to play for them, such as Pablo Aimar. TMJ also confirmed recently that they are in talks to sign Milan's Fernando Torres in 2016.