6th February 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
Securing the signature of Fabian Orellana on deadline day from Celta Vigo was definitely a shrewd piece of business by Valencia.
Following a fiery dispute with his manager at Celta, Eduardo Berizzo, that was reportedly due to Orellana trying to force a move away from the club without advising the club or his coach, this left his relationship with the Galician outfit in tatters.
While Berizzo never officially disclosed the reason for his subsequent decision to no longer pick the wantaway Chilean, his actions and words spoke volumes over his dissatisfaction towards his once loyal charge. "I decided to leave out Orellana because of an unacceptable lack of respect towards me," Berizzo fumed.
"My decision is firm and I told the club, who are in agreement. As long as I'm here, he will no longer be a part of this team. One thing is discipline and another issue is disrespect. He has not apologised but it doesn't matter. I have announced my decision and that's the end of it."
Indeed, this was a sour end to Orellana's overwhelmingly successful four year relationship with the Sky Blues that saw him score 37 goals and supply 27 assists in his 172 appearances for the club. Moreover, helping Celta finish a brilliant sixth place last season, their highest La Liga placing for a decade, was another highlight of his time with the club. Although injuries restricted him to just nine outings this term, he still produced an impressive four goals and two assists in his La Liga and Europa League exertions for the Sky Blues.
Valencia, however, were only too happy to nip in and secure his signature, in a deal that's an initial loan until the end of the campaign with an option to buy, which the Bats, assuming all goes well, are presumably very keen to exercise.
At his Valencia unveiling at the Ciudad Deportiva Media Centre, the Chilean international was overjoyed about joining one of Spanish football's traditional giants, gleaming: "I want to thank the club for 'taking a risk' on me and I hope to repay them on the pitch. I had many offers from other clubs, but when I heard about Valencia CF, it was my first and only priority. The only thing I wanted was to come here. I will try as hard as I can."
"Valencia CF have very good players, and I will try to help them to be better through my passes and assists. They will do likewise. We do this together it's not just down to one player."
Getting the chance to link up with his friend and former Celta teammate in Santi Mina was also a key motivating factor in him choosing Los Che. "Santi is very happy that I've come here, and we have to carry on in the same way, looking up. I've known him for a long time; he's very humble and hardworking. I helped him adapt to Celta, and I hope that he does the same for me with my new teammates," he said.
With Valencia struggling down in 15th place on the table, having endured a horridly turbulent campaign to date, the addition of Orellana should definitely help Voro, the current man in charge, improve the team's wavering form.
The 31-year-old attacking midfielder, who's adept at playing as a trequartista or out wide, will unquestionably give Valencia a much needed spark in the final third. Whether through his imaginative passing, intelligent movement or silky dribbling skills, he has all the tools necessary to unlock the most sturdy of defensive units. In addition, being a player that can both score and create goals is another crucial aspect of his armoury and a key reason why he's been such a highly regarded operator in the Spanish top flight in recent seasons.
Although he arrives at the Mestalla shrouded in controversy, there's no doubting Orellana's a tremendous signing, and one who should immediately hit the ground running.
Let's just hope he starts his relationship with Valencia better than how he ended his time with Celta.
Fabian Orellana Makes Deadline Day Move to Valencia
6th February 2017. By Edward Stratmann.