JDT and Valencia announce three-year development partnership

Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta'zim have teamed up with another established football club in their growing list of partnerships following a three-year coaching and player development agreement with Spanish side Valencia. 

The Southern Tigers will welcome two academy coaches from Valencia to work with JDT sporting director Alistair Edwards in developing the club's coaching staff and junior players.

"The Valencia Academy coaches will introduce and oversee the implementation of a long-term player development plan for JDT. This plan will be based on Valencia Academy's proven methodologies and development philosophies, adapted to JDT’s needs and context," read a statement by the La Liga club.

The Valencia Academy coaches will introduce and oversee the implementation of a long-term player development plan for JDT. This plan will be based on Valencia Academy's proven methodologies and development philosophies, adapted to JDT’s needs and context

- Valencia's media statement

Both teams have been working out the details of the agreement since last year. Valencia even had a training session in Larkin when they visited Singapore last May.

JDT owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and his Valencia counterpart Peter Lim have previously forged a close friendship too.

“We are impressed with the professional set-up at JDT and are delighted to have been invited by the club’s owner Tunku Ismail to support the existing coaching teams as they continue their ambitious plan to make JDT one of the very top teams in the Asia," said Valencia academy director Jose Ramon Alesanco, who twice served Barcelona in similar capacity.

Edwards added: “Valencia Academy is one of the most admired in Europe and has an outstanding record of developing young players. Having visited their training complex and spent a lot of time understanding their methodologies, we are thrilled at the prospect of working with one of the giants of Spanish football.”

JDT also have partnerships with German club Borussia Dortmund, Japanese side Consadole Sapporo and are in talks with Thai Premier League’s Buriram United.

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