Argentine teenager Banega confirms move to Valencia

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Ever Banega has confirmed that he is about to sign for troubled Spanish giants Valencia.

3 January 2008

MADRID - Ever Banega has confirmed that he is about to sign for troubled Spanish giants Valencia.

The 19 year-old Boca Juniors midfielder told Radio 9 Thursday he had agreed to sign a five-year contract with Valencia.

"This is a unique opportunity for me," he told the Spanish radio station. "I will try to do as well there as I have done at Boca."

Banega said that he was planning to leave Buenos Aires on Thursday evening and would be in Valencia on Friday, to undergo medical checks and sign his new contract.

It is still not clear how much Valencia will pay Boca for the Argentine Under-20 international.

Banega told Radio 9 that he was pleased to be signing for a club in which compatriots like Mario Kempes, Kily Gonzalez and Claudio Lopez had starred.

"Now it is up to me," he said, "to take advantage of this opportunity that has been given to me."

Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea have also expressed an interest in the Rosario-born midfielder, who made his debut at Boca in February 2007, taking the place of Fernando Gago, who had just left for Real.

Unless there is a last-minute hitch, Banega will become Valencia's first winter signing.

Valencia are in a state of confusion at the moment, because of the insistence of new coach Ronald Koeman that veterans Santiago Canizares, David Albelda and Miguel Angel Angulo will not be picked again.

On Wednesday Almeria became the first Spanish Liga club to announce a January signing when they stated that they had signed 19 year-old left-back Guilherme Oliveira Santos from Brazilian club Vasco de Gama.

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Subject: Spanish news

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