With the Primera Iberdrola season called to an end, clubs can now focus on the coming term and start to build their team. However, things at Valencia CF Femenino have taken a different turn.
The club has announced ten players who will be departing from the Spanish outfit.
“Valencia CF Femenino wants to thank the following footballers, whose contracts with the club end on June 30 2020, for their dedication and professionalism during the seasons that have defended our shield,” the club announced on its official website.
The players in question are: Gio Carreras, Mari Paz Vilas, Carol Férez, Paula Nicart, Natalia Gaitán, Naiara Beristain, Mandy van den Berg, Zenatha Coleman, Monica Flores and Maria Pi.
With more than 130 goals scored with Los Merengots, Mari Paz (32) is the top scorer in the history of the club. She joined Valencia CF in 2013 from Espanyol. During the 2019/2020 season tallied eight goals.
A New Project
This season, Valencia struggled to make an impact in the league. Before the break and the eventual end of the season, they were 15th in the table on just 17 points. They sat in the relegation zone having won three, drawn eight and lost ten games.
They could have fought until the end of the season to save their place, as their relegation rivals were catchable. Valencia sacked head coach Irene Ferreras in February. They hired José Bargues, who signed a one-and-a-half year contract.Embed from Getty Images
President of Valencia CF Femenino Salvador Belda was on VCF Radio two weeks ago, where he spoke about his ambition.
“Since the new coaching staff arrived, along with the sports management they have been working for some time,” Belda said. “I think there are three, four very advanced signings, I dare say that are almost done.”
The Spanish club is looking to mix young and experienced players. “They are looking to rejuvenate the squad, an ambitious project that has youth and experience in turn. That is what is being prepared to never see us in this year’s situation again,” the Valencia president said.
Loss Due to Coronavirus Crisis
Similar to their male counterparts, women’s teams in Spain count on television rights money for their budgets. But since the championship has ended and won’t resume, the club will lose a lot of money.
“It would have been good for us to finish the league, because now we are going to stop receiving income from television. In television rights alone, the clubs are going to lose €600,000. That affects the teams’ budgets a lot,” explained Belda.
With ten players leaving the club on June 30, Valencia CF should be busy on the transfer market. There are just 15 players remaining at the club at the moment.
A few players have already been given contract extensions for an additional season, including Bea Beltrán and Paula Guerrero. There is no doubt a few more will also extend their deals, but there will likely be a few new signings coming in as well.