Valencia CF vs Manchester United

Dec, 12 / 21:00 Matchday 6

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
March, 02 2017

New VCF Academy director Luis Vicente Mateo speaks to VCF Radio

Luis Vicente Mateo was this week appointed the new Director of the VCF Academy, taking over from now-Sporting Director José Ramón Alesanco. Following his presentation on Wednesday, Mateo spoke to VCF Radio to give his thoughts on what lies ahead for the academy and introduce himself to the fans.

“I’ve been involved in football since I was twelve years old, and since I was 23 or 24 I’ve combined my teaching job with obtaining my coaching badges. In 2007 I created a school in my town that trained children of all ages,” he explained.

“I was contacted by (former player and Sporting Director) Rufete in 2013, and he gave me a minute to decide whether to come to Valencia CF or not. As it was my dream, it didn’t even take that long to decide –more like 30 seconds. I accepted the challenge and I’ve been at the club since 2013”

Mateo has already started work in his new position, and feels prepared for the task at hand.

“I’ve been here for four years and I’ve experienced situations that I think have made me a better person and professional. I know the structure of the VCF Academy very well and I have the utmost motivation to help –above all the players. I want to make them better players in the short term, and in the long term I want to help them to move up to the Valencia CF first team,” he said, elaborating that he will be continuing an established methodology.

“My appointment is a change of personnel. It’s a change in who is in charge of the VCF Academy, but the model and the way of working is going to be the same. Every day we have to have the aim of improving something. That is going to continue.”

“José Ramón Alesanco had that working plan, and I’m going to continue it. Above all, I want to give calm to those who are working at the academy, because they are very good professionals. In a short time –and we are already there- the VCF Academy will be among the best in Spain.”

As for his targets, Mateo was clear. He wants to carry on the work that has seen players like José Luis Gayà and Carlos Soler become first team regulars, and VCF Mestalla perform tremendously well this season.

“I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work. If VCF Mestalla continue working as they have been, then with the group that’s there and the ambition they have, then they are going to do very well,” he commented on the Valencia CF second team.

“Our objective is that a child who comes here aged 6-10, whether they be from Cadiz or Madrid, has the same aim as us: Make them a professional footballer. The dream is for that to happen here, but even if it is at another club, it is still an important achievement.

“Our philosophy is backed up, and it serves as a boost to the players at Juvenil level and VCF Mestalla, by the fact that players are coming through to the first team and playing. Carlos Soler is the biggest example of that at the moment.”