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Fernandes stunned at speed of £12M Valencia move

Manuel Fernandes admits he was taken aback by the speed of his shock £12 million move to Valencia.

The former Benfica midfielder was training with Everton until getting the call to fly to Spain for a medical on the weekend.

"I could not hope for things to have gone any quicker," said Fernandes. "I am very happy to be here.

"I spoke with (fellow Portuguese) Miguel and I know that this is a club where I can develop as a player."

Fernandes had to undergo a two-hour medical and added: "I am completely over all my injury problems.

"I am very combative and not a scorer of many goals. I do not like to be individualistic and yes I play for the team. I see myself more like Ruben Baraja than David Albelda, because I can do containing work, but I like to go on the attack."

Valencia president Juan Soler also said: "He was a player recommended by the football staff. He is already an international and has experience playing in England. We were able to outbid other clubs to sign the player."

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