The VCF defender was present at the opening of an exhibition
In Pedreguer, every young boy wants to be like Gayà. Humble and a true Valencianista, with his family having helping him every step of the way since he arrived at the VCF Academy at the age of just 11. By the time he was 19, he was in the first team. On Thursday, Gayà went along to the opening of an exhibition in his local area, ‘Black and white. 90 minutes from glory’, which was organised by the VCF Foundation. The show consists of photos from the club between 1941 and 1981, and Gayà wants to keep on fighting to be a part of the club’s long-term future long beyond the present.
“This exhibition is something that makes me and all of Pedreguer proud, to see these photos makes me really happy and I hope that some day I too can be achieving something big,” Gayà explained, having renewed his contract with the club until 2023 last week. The VCF defender has always had his future clear in his mind: “It never even crossed my mind to change team, since I was little I have bled the club’s colours and I can’t see it any differently. My mind has always been with Valencia CF. I want to stay at my home and hopefully I can do for many years to come.”
Already excited about next season, Gayà is one of the main role models for young players in the academy to look up to. “In the Academy it is as important to form people as it is players, if a player can’t make it to the first team they will have improved as a person. To be a Valencia CF fan and home grown is a bonus, and on top of that we can share the values that we’ve learned in the academy with those from elsewhere.” The VCF defender is already looking ahead: “It will be an important year and I have my hopes up. On a personal level, this year I have been able to show what I can do and that I have margin for a lot of improvement, but the season has been very good.”
At the exhibition opening, Sergi Ferrús, the mayor of Pedreguer, also admitted that he was looking forward to watching Champions League football again: “On Saturday we watched the Champions League final on a giant screen, and we hope to be able to organise the same thing next season to be able to watch Gayà.”
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