January 11, 2018 / 6:18 AM / 5 months ago

Frenchman Coquelin leaves Arsenal for Valencia

(Reuters) - Spanish team Valencia have agreed to sign French midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal, the clubs confirmed on Thursday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Arsenal - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - December 28, 2017 Arsenal's Francis Coquelin speaks with Jack Wilshere Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

Valencia agreed a deal worth 12 million pounds for Coquelin, according to British media reports. The La Liga club confirmed he will sign a contract until June 2022, with a buyout clause of 80 million euros (70.81 million pounds).

“I am very happy, it is a big challenge, it is the start of a new life for me, therefore I am very excited about it,” Coquelin said in a statement.

“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.”

The 26-year-old, who joined the North London club as a youth player in 2008, made 160 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side but struggled to get first-team opportunities this season.

He featured in just seven Premier League matches, coming on as a substitute in six of them.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Keith Weir

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