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.

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"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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