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Feghouli happy at Valencia

November 8, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

In-form Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, a reported target for big-spending Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain and Premier League giants Manchester United, says he is happy at his current club and hopes to sign a new deal.

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GettyImagesSofiane Feghouli is eager to sign a new contract with Valencia

The French born Algerian international, 22, has been in sparkling form this season, and added to his reputation with two well-taken strikes in Wednesday's 4-2 Champions League group win over BATE Borisov.

This again focused attention on his contract situation, with talks to extend a deal which runs until summer 2014 currently deadlocked. The player told reporters on Thursday that his agents would keep speaking with Valencia's directors and hopefully reach an agreement.

"I understand that the fans want to know if I will sign a new contract," Feghouli said. "What I know best is how to play football and off the field I leave things to my agents, who I trust completely. I am very happy here and I want to play for this team as long as possible."

The former Grenoble player, who hails from the Parisian suburb of Levallois-Perret, was quoted in Marca in October as feeling "proud" that Qatari-backed PSG had shown an interest in bringing him back to his home city. He now says that he sees his future at Mestalla.

"The club want me and I want to stay here," Feghouli said. "I do not see any reason that they would want to sell me and I would not like them to do that, as I want to stay here. The market is closed and I do not see my future outside Valencia."

Feghouli also said that Los Che needed to improve on the road after picking up just one Primera Division point away from Mestalla so far this season, and should do so at Real Valladolid on Sunday.

"It is true that away from home we are not doing as well as we would like, but we must keep working," he said. "I think it is a mental problem, because we have the quality to beat many teams. We must respect all teams, but on paper Valencia are superior. Valladolid will come out at 200%, they will pressure us and will be highly motivated. We must be at our best because there are no easy games in La Liga."