LaLiga: Parejo: I put myself on the line for Valencia
LaLiga Discussed match-fixing scandal
Spain midfielder Dani Parejo had an excellent campaign with Valencia as he led them to a Champions League finish in LaLiga Santander, along with winning the Copa del Rey, yet their name has been uttered in Spanish football’s match-fixing scandal.
Though it was Real Valladolid who reportedly had seven players paid, Valencia were none the wiser as they simply went about their business and won 2-0 at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, though Parejo wanted to state that he has always acted in Los Che‘s interests.
“I put myself on the line for Valencia,” said Parejo.
“The ones who violated, normally time will put them in their place.”
Regarding Spain, they are set to face the Faroe Islands on an artificial pitch on Friday night and, like Robert Moreno, Parejo is refusing to let that be an excuse for not picking up all three points.
“We are not accustomed to it,” he noted.
“It is a disadvantage due to the lack of practice [on these pitches], but it is not an excuse.
“It is not so long ago that I played on artificial grass, someone in the Copa [del Rey] with Valencia. I don’t know if there’s an artificial pitch at Las Rozas.”
The 30-year-old’s leadership qualities were evident throughout the season for Valencia and he believes that his hard work has got him to where he is today.
“Thanks to my work I’m here and it’s an honour,” said Parejo.
“I don’t understand any other way of playing than how I understand and read the game.
“The national team has had great players in the last few years. Football puts everyone where they’re meant to be.
“I’m 30 years old, I’m here and I have to enjoy it. Smart players know how to mould to all kinds of situations.”