Bryan Gil has been a big help to Valencia, according to his manager Jose Bordalas – who nevertheless will have to wait to see if they can sign him from Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham took Bryan Gil from Sevilla in the summer, sending Erik Lamela the other way. However, it was hard for the new arrival to immediately adapt. Yet to start a Premier League game, Spurs sent him out on loan to Valencia in January.
The move back to Spain has been beneficial for the winger. Gil has been building up more gametime than he was managing in England.
As such, there has been plenty of anticipation about a permanent move. It would be a quick admission of defeat by Tottenham, but they could cash in while they can.
There is no formal option for Valencia to buy, so negotiations would have to start from scratch. Therefore, although Jose Bordalas would be willing to keep Gil, he won’t know until the summer.
“I have no knowledge,” Bordalas is quoted as saying by Sport Witness.
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“Obviously, now my club knows that I am focused on the competition, and any movement will be communicated to me.
“Bryan is contributing and helping us a lot, but he belongs to Tottenham, and when the time comes, that opportunity will be addressed.”
Valencia retain Bryan Gil hope
Bordalas has previously admitted the lack of an option to buy makes their desire to keep Gil more complicated. However, it seems they are ready to return to the negotiating table at the end of the season.
They could even ask to extend Gil’s loan into a second season, rather than pay for a permanent transfer. But that too would come with increased financial responsibilities in comparison to their current arrangement.
For example, they may have to pay an up-front loan fee, and increase the proportion of Gil’s wages that they pay. They need to juggle other bits of business if they are to be able to afford that.
The 21-year-old has been working on various aspects of his game in the knowledge that he could end up playing for either Spurs or Valencia next season. He knows it is out of his hands.
For the time being, Valencia will continue to benefit from his talents until the summer. After that, there will be talks to determine his future.