Press conference held on Thursday at Ciudad Deportiva JinkoSolar
Juan Antonio Pizzi spoke to the press for the first time since the end of the 2013/14 season, talking on Thursday afternoon at the Ciudad Deportiva JinkoSolar. The Valencia CF manager broached the pending issues for the summer -including whether he will be taking charge again for the next campaign.
"The club have indicated their intentions for me to stay," he told gathered journalists. "There isn't too much for us to talk about, because we already have a contract signed and there are no problems with the current deal."
Pizzi has several players out on loan, but is not going to rush into any decisions as to their future. The likes of Andrés Guardado, Adil Rami, Éver Banega, Dorlán Pabón, Aly Cissokho, Heldér Postiga, Jonathan Vieira and Carles Gil have all been plying their trade at other clubs, although they will be called back for assessment in the near future.
"I have evaluated the options for the players that we have and who are on the market throughout the last semester," said Pizzi. "There is a board at the club who give us information about this subject, and of course we talk about the future. All of the players out on loan will have to come back, and we will decide what we shall do with them then. In principle they will all be at our disposition. It is the same situation that clubs who have loaned players here will have."
One player linked with a move away is Jeremy Mathieu -although Pizzi is unconvinced that the rumours have any substance, saying that: "I think he will stay. He is a reference point here, we need him, he is happy and has been giving the best performances of his life. We can't let him get away from us."
"We have to be prudent about our signings in the summer, allow the sale of the club to go through and work hard amongst the technical staff to analyse each situation. Then we will make decisions; I don't think that we need to move as quickly as some are saying."
The Argentine concluded by asking fans to head to Mestalla this weekend, where Valencia CF's B team, VCF-Mestalla, play a massive game on Sunday.
"It is a huge game for the club and for the players. They played very well at Algeciras, they have players in the squad who will take part in our preseason and we will try to give them minutes with the first team. I think that some will come up to the first team permanently next season."