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Maduro: I almost signed for Valencia as 15 year-old

Former Ajax midfielder Hedwiges Maduro is delighted to have joined Valencia.

The youngster's signing ceremony was held yesterday and he told a packed media conference: "I am happy and proud to have joined a club as big as Valencia.

"I am a player who is tactically and physically very strong and someone who can help the defence and also support the attack in the middle of the field. My preferred position is in midfield, but I would have no problem playing in defence if needed."

Maduro also revealed: "Before I signed for Ajax, I actually had an offer from Valencia when I was 15 or 16 years old. They wanted me to join their youth team, but I decided against it because I was too young to play abroad."

The young midfielder was also asked about replacing fans' favourite David Albelda and confidently replied: "Albelda is a good player, but no one player is as important as the team. Only a team can win games."

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