Stars of Valencia ready to touch down in Singapore

Members of the Peter Lim-owned Valencia CF are on their way to Singapore and Malaysia. 

Asian Cup-winning goalkeeper Mat Ryan, veteran midfielder Javi Fuego and emerging prospect Santi Mina are among the Valencia players heading to Singapore for a promotional trip starting on Wednesday.

More and more club sides are making trips to Asia, with Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Everton making stops in Singapore in recent years, and La Liga outfit Valencia CF are the latest to tour the region.

The Spanish club will spend five days in Singapore and Malaysia and will also be accompanied by former Valencia greats and current La Liga ambassadors Gaizka Mendieta and David Albelda.

Both Mendieta and Albelda represented Spain in the 2002 World Cup, with the latter also selected for a second World Cup four years later, while they combined for well over 500 appearances for Valencia.

Asian Cup-winner Ryan is no stranger to this part of the world

Owned by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, Valencia endured a difficult 2015/16 season in Spain, with managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Gary Neville both losing their jobs during the campaign.

Former Manchester United defender Neville lasted just four months in the job before he was replaced by Pako Ayestaran in March.

Former Valencia player and assistant coach Ayestaran proved a popular choice, leading the club to a 2-1 victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp last month.

Valencia ended the season 12th in the 20-team La Liga with 11 wins and 16 defeats from their 38 matches.

Ryan – No.12 in this year’s FourFourTwo Asia 50 – Fuego, Mina and another ‘keeper in Jaume Domenech are all making the trip to Singapore and Malaysia, where they will conduct a number of clinics and appearances.

The club has also called out to fans on Facebook, asking them to be at Changi Airport from 6.30am on Wednesday bearing welcome banners and to post their photos on the club’s Singapore Facebook page for a chance to win prizes.

Graphics courtesy of Valencia CF