Jemez angered by Valencia ‘lies’

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Rayo Vallecano head coach Paco Jemez has slammed reports claiming he held talks with Valencia owner Peter Lim in Singapore about taking the reins next season.

Jemez was reported to have travelled to the Far East to meet with Lim and verbally agreed to take charge of Los Che at the end of the current campaign.

Pako Ayestaran was appointed to the helm on an interim basis in February following the sacking of Gary Neville, but he is facing an uncertain future at the Mestalla after winning just three of his seven La Liga matches in charge.

While Jemez accepts his name has come up after catching the eye during his four-year tenure at unfancied Los Franjirrojos, he vehemently denied the Valencia rumours and declared he would be happy to stay put – even if the struggling Madrid club were relegated on the final day.

“Rumours linking me with this team or that are normal, I understand them, but something I won’t stand for is lies,” the 46-year-old said at a press conference.

“I’ve been linked with a lot of teams over the past four years and when people report that I have a relationship with Valencia that’s one thing, but to say I’ve been in Singapore and met Peter Lim or Jorge Mendes is totally false. I’m sick of these lies.

“I met the Rayo President on Monday to tell him that, if they want, I could be an alternative to stay at the club, be it in the Primera or Segunda.

“If there is no possibility of continuing then I’ll pack my suitcase and go.”