January 11, 2018 / 7:00 AM / 6 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 - Europa League - Arsenal vs BATE Borisov - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - December 7, 2017 Arsenal's Francis Coquelin waves to fans after the match REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Valencia agreed a deal worth 12 million pounds ($16.25 million) 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 ($96.4 million).

“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. ($1 = 0.8303 euros) ($1 = 0.7386 pounds)

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

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