Alvaro Negredo did not make the best of starts to his career with Valencia, as the striker was booed and jeered by a section of the crowd during his official unveiling, reports the Independent. The Manchester City man has joined the La Liga side on a season-long loan, but it looks likely that the move could become permanent in 12 months time.
Negredo was presented in front of 11,000 fans at the Mestalla on Tuesday night, and was cheered and clapped upon his entrance. Due to a current injury, he kept the traditional keepy-uppies to a minimum, however, before he went into the crowd to shake hands and sign autographs.
Problems began to arise when some supporters asked Negredo to kiss the Valencia badge. The Spanish striker awkwardly replied, ‘[I] will have enough time to kiss it in the near future.’ Needless to say, fans were not impressed, and a certain amount of hostility was issued from the terraces.
Negredo is already facing an uphill task to become accepted by his new supporters, due to his former affiliation with the country’s capital city, Madrid. The 29 year old has represented ‘Los Blancos’ in the past, and he has also played for Sevilla, He has no previous links to Valencia, however, but will hope to change public opinion.
If he can begin scoring for his new club sooner, rather than later, then perhaps the chants will become less expletive-ridden, and more full of praise.