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Valencia wants to keep Inter Milan’s Kondogbia

Spanish side has until May 31 to exercise purchase option.

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Geoffrey Kondogbia of Valencia competes for the ball with Aleix Vidal (L) of Barcelona during the La Liga match between Valencia and Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla.
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Spanish media is now suggesting Valencia wants to keep Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

In a recent interview, Inter manager Luciano Spalletti said he would be interested in bringing Kondogbia back to the San Siro because improved performance with the La Liga side.

”He is having a great season and yes, this Kondogbia could do us good, but of course it depends on Valencia,” Spalletti said, as quoted by Super Deporte.

However, Kondogbia has suggested he has no interest in returning to Italy because of Spalletti’s lack of faith in him at the beginning of the season.

The buy-out clause for Kondogbia requires Valencia pay €25 million to Inter to retain the Frenchman.

This far, Kondogbia has made 30 appearances for Valencia and has scored four goals with four assists. Valendcia sits comfortably in fourth in La Liga, 15 points ahead of fifth place Villareal and just on point back of Real Madrid.

Inter Milan’s relationship with Valencia has been a good one this season. Inter sent Jeison Murillo on loan to the side to start the season, but he has failed to impress, making just 14 appearances this season. He was out 10 matches with ostetis and was not part of the squad that earned a 1-0 win at Leganes last weekend.

Then, you have Kondogbia who has had better fortunes with the side.

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Joao Cancelo (R) of FC Internazionale Milano is challenged by Jorginho of SSC Napoli during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and SSC Napoli at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
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On the reverse, Inter picked up Joao Cancelo on loan from Valencia and he has made a solid impact. He has three assists in his 18 appearances with the Nerazzurri. If Inter were to keep him – and it is a good bet they do – it would cost approximately €35 million, but that may be negotiable because of Valencia’s interest in Kondogbia.

With both Inter and Valencia staring at the Champions League next season, it seems prudent for them to work out a deal to keep Cancelo in Italy and Kondogbia in Spain. If, for no other reason, because it seems both players want to stay in their respective current situaitons.

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