World Cup winner Shkodran Mustafi has joined Spanish giants FC Valencia from Sampdoria. The six-time La Liga champions confirmed on Wednesday evening that the 22-year-old defender had signed a five-year contract with the club until 2019.
“This is the next step for me,” said Mustafi. “The reason I’m here is because everything feels right. I could tell Valencia really wanted me. They’re a top side. There’s no reason why a great club like this should be scared of Real Madrid or Barcelona.”
Ayala interest key
Mustafi also admitted that chairman Roberto Ayala’s interest in him was key in his decision to join the club. “It’s a nice feeling when someone’s after you who used to be one of the best defenders in Europe and knows what it takes to succeed in that position.”
Mustafi has won four caps for Germany so far, including three at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. A centre-back by trade, Mustafi signed for Sampdoria from Everton in 2012, making 53 appearances and scoring one goal for the Blucerchiati.