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Valencia Sack Manager Albert Celades, Achraf Hakimi Tells Borussia Dortmund Bye

Spanish La Liga side, Valencia have sacked their manager, Albert Celades, nine months after he was hired to manage the club. Celades was appointed in September 2019 to replace 54-year-old former Spanish international Marcelino.

Albert Celades is now the 6th coach that has been sacked since a Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim bought the club in 2014. The sack of the 44-year-old manager has forced the sporting director of the club Cesar Sanchez to resign his position for not being able to keep his word.

Reports say Sanchez had earlier told the players that Albert Celades would still be available for their Wednesday match against Athletic Bilbao. However, he felt disappointed that the owner of the club wanted it earlier than imagined.

Albert Celades
Albert Celades

Sanchez has also become the 6th Sporting director that had to resign his position in similar circumstances since 2014.

Albert Celades has already been replaced by Voro Gonzalez in an acting capacity until the end of the outgoing 2019-2020 season.

Celades has had a rough season so far in the Spanish La Liga. The club is currently ranked 8th on the league table losing 10 matches, drawing 10 and winning only 12 in 32 matches. Since the restart of La Liga, the coach has led Valencia to lose 3 games out of four.

Achraf Hakimi Joins Inter Milan

Achraf Hakimi
Achraf Hakimi

Meanwhile, Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi has said his bye to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund after spending two seasons on loan at the club.

The Real Madrid right-back will not return to Spain as he is due at Inter Milan to sign a deal worth £37 million. He is expected to commit to a five-year contract with the club after being evaluated by medical staff.

In his two seasons at Borussia Dortmund, Achraf Hakimi played 73 matches, scoring 12 goals and making 17 assists.

Here is the farewell message Achraf Hakimi wrote for Borussia Dortmund’s fans and shared on Twitter:

“The time has come to close a very beautiful stage in my life. After two wonderful years, I’m ready to leave this club that has given me so much joy.

“From the first moment, the care and attention of the club and the city have been amazing. Now I know that I was right to choose Dortmund as my home two years ago.

“I want to thank all my teammates, the coaching staff, and all the club’s staff for the love and trust they have shown me at all times.

“I also want to thank the wonderful fans who have supported us unconditionally in every game. I’ll never forget the yellow wall (Glebe Wand) which is simply wonderful.

“Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me at all times. I hope that one day our paths will cross again. See you soon Borussia Dortmund!”

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