Getafe vs Valencia CF

Jan, 22 / 21:30 Matchday 8

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
December, 31 2017

2017 was a magical year for Ferran Torres

Little by little, Ferran Torres continues to improve at Valencia CF, but 2017 is a year that he will never forget. The day that he had always dreamed about came around on November 10th, as he made his debut with the first team at Mestalla versus Real Zaragoza. At the age of just 17 years, nine months and one day, he made his debut in the cup, before going on to debut in LaLiga versus SD Eibar. After previously making the jump from the youth sides to the B team, he was also named a Under-17 European Championship winner, and a runner-up in the Under-17 World Cup with Spain.

Despite Ferran making his debut at such a young age, Diego Ribera continues as the youngest player to have ever debuted for Valencia CF. We chatted with him about the academy’s latest big talent…

What memories sprang to mind when you saw Ferran debut at just 17 years old?

When you see a young lad make his debut, you always remember your own, in my case it was the four months with the first team after making mine versus CD Tenerife. What had been a dream was turned into a reality, but it is also a moment where you can’t feel as though you’ve done everything there is to do, it is only the first step and you still have to take many more.

The years are rolling by and you’re still the youngest ever player to debut for Valencia CF…

It is very strange for a player so young to make his debut, and even more so at a club like Valencia CF, where so much is asked of you… It was very good to be that player, in my case there were strange circumstances because we had a lot of injuries, the B team weren’t doing very well and the coach believed in me even though I was playing in the youth team. Ferran played very well in the youth team and he also did so at the U-17 Euros and the U-17 World Cup, it’s definitely true that he is a player that could spend many years at Valencia CF. What you can’t believe is that everything is done, because if you believe this then it is the beginning of the end.

What advice would you give to him?

In my era, there wasn’t social media, it was totally different. One of the pieces of advice I would give him is that he can’t think he has done it all, because Valencia CF are too big of a club. Historically, home-grown players have done well and in recent years the club survived in terms of finances down to the sales of Raul Albiol, David Silva and Paco Alcacer… I would tell him to learn as much as possible, above all from his coach who is going to guide him towards his aims and ensure he does it steadily, as well as learning from his teammates that have been around for many years; every bit of advice, every word, everything that he sees he must hold onto, and he can apply it in the future because they have already experienced things that he hasn’t yet.

Do you believe that the best thing for his development would be to keep playing?

I think so, it is clear that in the end it has to be Marcelino that manages this. Ferran should trust in whatever his boss says, because if there is someone that is interested in his development, it is him. For the good of the first team, for the good of the player, for the good of the club… there should be times where he does what the coach says, away from what he himself wants. It is clear that to be picked with the first team is a real reward, but in the end being picked every Sunday and not playing is not good, I believe that a balance is needed.

How do you rate him?

Ferran is a player that stands out, I have known him since his spell in the Alevines category at Valencia CF, that generation from 2000 won everything. One of his positive attributes is that he plays the same way at youth level, for the B team and for the first team, when you keep enjoying it in the same way at every level, these are the players that end up triumphant in football.

How do you see Valencia CF this season?

Nobody expected this level of performance after the last two years that we were coming out of, the appointment of Marcelino has been a total success, he has had the luck and the capacity to get everyone playing at their top level, and the emotions and the team dynamic has done the rest. We would have all signed up to be where we are at the moment, to see VCF where we want them to be and where they deserve to be, in the Champions League places and listening to next season’s Champions League anthem.