Carles Gil is happy to be joining Aston Villa (assuming it actually gets announced at some point) but he's still feeling a bit of sadness at the whole situation. The Spanish midfielder has been with Valencia since he was just five years old, was born in the city, and his dream was always to make it with the club. That seemed likely, he'd come through the club's B team and a loan move to Elche proved successful too but just as Gil was getting to the stage where he could seriously think about being in contention for the club, in came Peter Lim.
The club's new owner was able to help with transfer deals even before his purchase became official. In came Andre Gomes from Benfica for more than £10m. Others who had been edging toward the exit stayed and the arrival of Argentina World Cup midfielder Enzo Perez showed Gil that the door to the first team was now perhaps more slammed in his face than it ever was. Gil's contract was getting close to renewal stage and Valencia were making little effort.
Gil has been quoted by Spanish newspaper Marca as saying "I'm going with a thorn. The Mestalla has not seen the real Carles Gil. For one or other circumstances I could not prove everything I wanted here, but I've been at Valencia since age five, it's the club of my life and I want to thank everyone who has helped me and the fans for the support they have given me. I hope it is a goodbye for now and then we'll soon meet again."
Asked if it was his dream to return to Valencia, Gil said "Life is very long and many things happen. I hope that we can see in the future."
Whilst Gil may be sad, he's well aware of the opportunity being handed to him by Aston Villa and is keen to prove himself a good signing "It's a very important opportunity, because they are a very strong team who counted on me, an important club in England. I'm raring to go there and do well."
Be gentle with him Villa, he's clearly a little delicate right now.