Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mehmed Topal officially presented as new Valencia CF player

Valencia has had the third official presentation of new players in a little more than a week. Valencia has really been busy in the transfer market this summer and with the departures of its top players Villa and Silva they had to bring some cover.
The latest official presentation has been defensive midfield and Turkish international Mehmed Topal. Talking to the journalists Topal admitted he was quite nervous, but said that he already feels like home in Vlaneica CF.
Alongside him were obviously president Fernando Llorente and technical secretary Braulio Vasquez.
Braulio said: when we informed him that Valencia were interested in his signature, he was one of the players to put the most effort into pushing the transfer through. All the players who want to come here have the doors opened to them to participate in the project. Tophal is an important player in Turkey, a young player at 26 and a regular in the national side. We welcome him to the club and are sure that he will continue to grow by our side."

He also had praise for the player saying that "Topal is a defensive midfielder who will suit us to the ground. He can eventually move to playmaker, as he has done for Turkey, and has a magnificent aerial game. His physique gives him presence and he can hit a good shot from outside the box. Part of his game is helping the wingers and center backs, and the best part is that he still has room for improvement. Topal has done a tremendous amount to come here and, without a doubt, will give us a great deal of balance."

Mehmed Topal gave his comments through a translator, since he doesn't know the Spanish language yet, he said "I am very happy to be here and thanks those who have welcomed me so warmly. I hope to go very far with Valencia, who were my preference out of all the offers that I received."
"I know English and don't think that there will be any problems communicating with the players and the coach, especially as I am working on learning Spanish as soon as possible," he concluded, having opened his address with a Valencian "Bon día a tots!"
"I'm fully aware of the great players here; I will have to show that I am at the same level. I will respect their play and earn my place alongside them, which will be difficult because they have already shown that they should play."