Giant Serbian striker Nikola Zigic says he will not be leaving Valencia this summer, despite reports linking him with a host of Premier League clubs. The 6ft 7in front-man spent time on loan at Racing Santander last season, netting 13 league goals in 19 outings, and was expected to find himself surplus to requirements at the Mestalla in 2009/10. As a result, a string of English clubs, including Aston Villa, Fulham, Portsmouth, Blackburn and Everton were all believed to be interested in securing the 28-year-old's services, who has scored 14 times for Serbia. However, after encouragement from Valencia coach Unai Emery that he will be given a chance next season, combined with fellow forward Fernando Morientes' potential departure to Marseille, Zigic has decided to stay put. "I have rejected all the offers because my desire is to stay with Valencia next season," he told Las Provincias. "I am very happy to return to the team and I am prepared to demonstrate to the coach that I should be in the team. This is my challenge now. "My agent had many proposals from Spain and Europe but my decision was always clear. To stay at Valencia. "I have not personally spoken with the coach but Valencia know my intentions and I will not change my mind."
24 July 2009
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