Alcacer’s ‘heart was elsewhere’

Where Heart Meets Mind: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Valencia president Lay Hoon Chan has explained Paco Alcacer's controversial decision to join Barcelona, claiming the club could not stand in the player's way because his "heart was elsewhere".

Los Che supporters will want to quickly forget was has been a painful transfer window for the club, with the likes of Andre Gomes and Shkodran Mustafi departing the Mestalla prior to Alcacer's transfer to the Nou Camp.

Alcacer's transfer certainly left a sour taste in the mouths of those connected to the club, with many believing the Valencia youth product would prove his loyalty by spurning the advances of Barca boss Luis Enrique.

"He was an icon, a symbol and had been with us since he was 11," Lay Hoon Chan said. "But if someone who is an icon has his heart elsewhere, it makes no sense to turn them into an icon.

"It was always the club's decision for him not to leave.

"If we had wanted to sell, we would have done it three weeks earlier and not made the declaration of not wanting to sell."

Alcacer made 44 appearances in all competitions for Valencia last season, bagging 15 goals and providing eight assists in the process.