Valencia have confirmed the signing of Francis Coquelin from Arsenal on a contract until 2022.
Francis Coquelin, 26, arrived at Arsenal from French side Laval in 2008 and went on to make 160 first-team appearances.
The combative midfielder spent several loan spells away from the Gunners before establishing himself as an integral part of a Arsene Wenger side which won the FA Cup in both 2015 and 2017.
His deal at the Mestalla runs until the end of June 2022 and contains a buy-out clause of 80 million euros (£71million), Valencia revealed on their official website.
The Frenchman is reported to have cost Marcelino’s Los Che – currently third in LaLiga – £12million after making only seven Premier League starts for the Gunners this season.
? Coquelin: “I am very happy, Valencia CF is a massive challenge for me.” ?
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After completing his transfer to Valencia, Francis Coquelin said
“I have seen the team, they are going along very well, they are third in the table. I have watched their recent games, since I knew that the negotiations between the two clubs were picking up, such as the Copa del Rey game versus Las Palmas. They were very good. I believe that the players are doing a great job. Obviously, I am here to help the team and to help them hit their targets.”
Coquelin considers himself to be “a very passionate player, I always give everything, I hope that you will all see that soon, but I will always give my best,” he said.