The Sunday Sun is reporting today that sources in Spain are linking Newcastle United with Spanish defensive midfielder David Albelda, who currently plays for Valencia, and has been capped 46 times for Spain.
David Albelda – played over 200 times for Valencia
There is no way for us to validate whether this rumor is true. However, reports a week or so before Christmas emerged that Albelda, along with Santiago Canizares, had been dropped from the Valencia squad with Albelda currently undecided on any future move.
Whether Valencia will let him go on a free transfer, or a reduced transfer fee is not known. He has recently been linked with a â‚¤4M move to Everton and rumors that Liverpool are also interested have recently surfaced.
Here is David’s playing record.
Years Club App Goals 1995â€“1996 Valencia B 31 4 1996â€“1997 Villarreal(loan) 34 0 1997â€“1998 Valencia 5 0 1998â€“1999 Villarreal(loan) 35 2 1999â€“ Valencia 213 5 2001- Spain 46 0
David Albelda AliquÃ©s was born in September, 1977, in Alzira, Spain, and was captain of of the Valencia club. He was also part of the Spanish squad in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
Albelda is a defensive midfielder who began as a center-back and is just under 6’0â€ tall, and he is a physical player who makes his presence felt in the middle of the pitch. With both his Valencia club and his country Spain, Albelda plays a holding role in central midfield. But he can also move forward, especially during set pieces and is a key figure in Valencia’s team because of his excellent leadership abilities.
Sounds to us like a typical Sam Allardyce player, who could be useful to the Newcastle squad, if the price is right.
What do you think?
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