Man City's new kid Ferran Torres hits out at Valencia captain Dani Parejo
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Man City's new kid Ferran Torres hits out at Valencia captain Dani Parejo

Just after completing his move from Valencia to Manchester City, 20-year-old Ferran Torres has thrown a jab at his former side's captain Dani Parejo.

The young winger claims that Parejo was not supportive or welcoming to him.

Torres developed well at Valencia in the past 12 months, making 44 appearances and scoring six goals last season, but has now laid into his former club in an interview with Marca.

Torres said: "I have to say that after three years of experience in the first team, all of this helped me mature and become mentally strong.

"Parejo is a great player but personally I have never had a relationship with him.

"When I joined the first team, when I was 17 years old, many weeks passed before he said a simple "Good morning" to me.

"I don't think he was a good captain with me. The worst came with the departure of Marcelino. Kangin (Lee) and I were used as culprits in the locker room."

Torres also revealed there were three things he insisted had to be done if he was stay put at the Mestalla, including being named a captain, but they were not met.

He added: "One is that Peter Lim (Valencia's owner) was involved in my renewal, to show me that I was important to the club.

"Another was to be a captain, which was my dream, because I had seen how other clubs had done that with the youth of the club, such as (Mikel) Oyarzabal or Fernando Torres, to retain them.

"And the third was to be among the highest-paid players on the squad.'

'I know that Valencia is not in a position to pay the same as the big European clubs but I was able to lead the project and I wanted to be treated as such, that the club made an effort to keep me. They just didn't want to, period."

The Spain U21 international becomes Pep Guardiola's first summer signing, joining for an initial fee of £20.8m plus bonuses.

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