Valencia seal €30m Abdennour deal

The 26-year-old has swapped Monaco for Mestalla mere days after his new club qualified for the Champions League at the expense of his former employers

Valencia have confirmed the signing of centre-back Aymen Abdennour from Monaco.

Abdennour had been linked with a move to Barcelona earlier in the summer but has now joined los Che for an estimated €25 million, plus €5m in add-ons.

The Tunisia international, 26, passed a medical on Saturday and signed a contract until 2020 at Mestalla, with Valencia having coincidentally qualified for the Champions League group stage at the expense of Monaco on Tuesday.

“Valencia are a great club in Spain and in Europe, I had no doubts,” Abdennour told his new side’s official website. “I am happy to be here in a serious and ambitious project, I want to thank the technical staff, president Lay Hoon and owner Peter Lim.

“I am going to give anything to have a good season with my new team-mates and I hope to win a lot of games.

“I know the club and the players well, everybody knows Valencia because they have a lot of trophies and are a great football club. I’m very happy to come to the best league in the world and I hope to do well with the team.”

Lay Hoon added: “Aymen is one of the best defenders in Europe; strong, young and with great potential. I am happy because he has shown his interest in and committment to our project from the first moment.”

Abdennour started his career with Etoile du Sahel and moved to Europe with a loan spell at Werder Bremen in 2010, before joining Toulouse a year later and moving to Monaco – initially on loan – in 2014.