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“Juan Mata Will Sign A New Contact And Stay At Valencia”

Well respected Spanish journalist Guillm Balague has claimed Arsenal have blown their chances of signing Juan Mata and the player will now get a new contract and stay at Valencia.

Arsenal had all but agreed a deal that would see Mata move to North London for a fee of 23m EURO’s, a figure that triggered a release clause in Mata’s contract, however a deadline of midnight on the 31st July was also in place for Valencia to have received the funds for the transfer.

The Gunners failed to meet that deadline meaning Valencia can now increase the asking price to over 30m EURO’s, a figure Arsenal are unlikely to meet.

Balague stressed that Mata made it clear he would only leave Valencia for either Barcelona or Arsenal, ruling out a potential move to Tottenham who had also made an enquiry. On Sunday Mata eagerly awaited news but no call from Arsenal came and according to Balague, the transfer is now all but dead and the most likely scenario will be that Mata gets a new bumper deal and remains at Valencia for at least another season.

The reason for Arsenal’s cold feet remains unclear, but this news is unlikely to go down well with the Emirates faithful who are growing increasingly frustrated at the clubs lack of investment.

Listen to Balague’s interview in full here

***UPDATE*** Juan Mata’s father has since confirmed Arsenal have had a bid rejected for his son, but he believes the Gunners will be back with another bid. More on this when we get it….




  1. Martin

    August 1, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    What are they doing at my club, for crying out loud

    • chris

      August 1, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      Dithering, that’s what.

  2. cjc1882

    August 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Been saying this would happen for weeks, since the first rumour broke, and everyone said i was talking out of my a**. Well ta-da! Here’s your proof. Why would a player leave his home country for two clubs below the level of the one he’s at now? Valencia have sold their biggest players; David Villa, Divid Silva, and they’re still a top 3 side. Respect where its due to a top team.

    • Me

      August 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      @cjc Shut up.

      • lions1966

        August 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm

        @Me YOU shut up please. What he’s said is absoloutely right. Unfortunatley we’ve seen the gunners slip away from being title contenders and will be fighting for 4th this season with the scouse and the spuds. Cant deny the truth when it hits.

        • gooner

          August 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

          Do you really compare the premier league to la liga? Valencia finished 21 points(!!!) below real madrid
          it’s like saying Marseille are a better team than real because they are french champions

          • cjc1882

            August 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm

            Marseille aren’t french champions. Lille are. and of course they finished light years behind real, they’re the 2nd best squad in the world! Put either of the top 2 spanish sides in the epl and they’ll claim 1st and 2nd. As demonstrated in a recent champions league final in which their champions cleanly wipped ours. Look at Valencia’s actual number of wins/draws/losses, they impress far more than arsenal’s or spus’ or any of that 3rd-6th area.

          • ben.n

            August 2, 2011 at 12:07 am

            every season it’s a two horse race between madrid and braca nobody else comes close. there is usually a maximum of 5-10 points seperating those in the top 5 of the EPL.

    • Donnie

      August 2, 2011 at 12:27 am

      are you dumb or stupid ?
      two clubs below the leval his at already

      are you saying valencia is at a higher leval then arsenal lol

      if you are
      answer my first question.

      • cjc1882

        August 2, 2011 at 1:03 am

        Mate look at your own comment before asking someone else that.. ”are you dumb or stupid?” :/ anyway.. no i am not saying they’re a bigger club than arsenal. arsenal have 13 titles and a lot of cups. I’m saying that right now arsenal is not attractive enough a prospect to make the lad move away from his own country to fight a losing battle against the current top 3 (2 of which dont deserve to be there). Point me out 1 week where arsenal havn’t been in the news for something bad. Either a player saying he wants out or a poor on pitch performance, it’s not the happy club you’d expect it to be having won all those trophies. Arsenal a bigger CLUB, Valencia for the moment a better TEAM to be at.

    • patrick

      August 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Yeah! Shut the fcuk up!

  3. chris

    August 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Congratulations Arsenal, another cock up. I would expect nothing else.

  4. Gunzblazzin

    August 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    i am so gutted by this news, how could we miss out on a quality player like mata, its gazidiz the joker to blame, we really dont have any ambition left 🙁

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  6. Ideket

    August 2, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Take heart. Valencia have cash problems and having to offer players more cash is not the way to solve them. If Fabregas or Nasri is sold the club can still afford to buy him… and know that they must. If they don’t break the bank to sign this one and fail to convince this season they know that we WILL revolt.

  7. legoon

    August 2, 2011 at 3:29 am

    DOes it matter we ain’t got him you morons Wenger and gazidis out for not doing there job property if this true we are a laughing stock

  8. C

    August 2, 2011 at 4:47 am

    This guy was the one that said cesc had signed for barca last season so I would listen too much to him

  9. Jon martin

    August 2, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Guillm Belague… ‘well respected’… Errr… No… The press assumed sky sports would have to sack him last year after he got 100% of his stories wrong, and pulled the brand into disrepute.

  10. GoonerDave

    August 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Mata had already agreed to join us by all accounts. So your point that he wouldnt want to come is incorrect and your views are redundant.
    A bitter rival fan methinks!
    Try to deal with the facts, its not too hard. Mata was all set to join!

  11. Jon martin

    August 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I’d go even further to say that if Guillm Belague says were not gonna get him, then we almost definitely are. Remember Guillm hasn’t got one story right in two years now. WOOHOO we’ve got Mata… YES

  12. patrick

    August 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

    It is begining to surprise me how Gazidis manages to negociate his way out of his house every morning. From what I have seen so far, he seems wholly incapable. From the moment he made the same bid for Fulham;s keeper, after it had been rejected three months previously, I knew that there was something suspect about the man’ capacity to be the leader of our club. Since then, he has gone on to surpass himself. Cesc issue – unresolved, Nas issue – unresolved, defensive issue – unresolved. Gooners can only sit tight and pray for a miracle that will get us a conlusion.

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