Nico Gonzalez looks set to be a new Valencia player very shortly after being given permission to miss Barcelona training on Wednesday. The midfielder was spotted driving away from the club on Wednesday and was later met in Valencia by reporters where he offered a few words.
“I’m very happy,” he told Cope. “I have been very excited for a couple of days to get here.”
🦇 Nico González ya está en Valencia
✒️ En las próximas horas firmará su cesión con el @valenciacf
💪🏻 "Estoy muy feliz. Llevaba un par de días con mucha ilusión por poder llegar aquí"
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) August 10, 2022
Nico Gonzalez already said his goodbyes to Barcelona and will have a medical with Valencia on Thursday. He could potentially make his debut on Sunday against Girona. Barca should announce Nico contract renewal at the club first. Then they will confirm his departure and there will be no purchase option in the deal.
Xavi was reportedly keen to keep hold of Nico for the new season. But it like the player pushed for an exit as he wants to play regularly.
The midfielder did enjoy plenty of game time next season but must know it will be tougher this time around with Franck Kessie having arrived.
Miralem Pjanic has also returned from a loan spell, which may also have been a factor in Nico’s decision. He hopes for chances to impress Xavi in 2022-23.