Last night, the Express & Star said that Wolves had gazumped Real Madrid and beaten Los Blancos to the signing of Valencia hot-shot Rafa Mir.
That very statement shows the intent that Wolves are operating under at the moment, that they can go head-to-head with one of football’s biggest teams and beat them to signing an upcoming youngster, a starlet if you will.
But that’s what Wolves have gone out and done with not only the local Express & Star newspaper reporting it but also the online English language version of Marca, Spain’s largest sport daily publication. Marca’s José Félix Díaz says that Valenica “have accepted a 2 million euro [£1.78 million]” for Mir “after rejecting a 500,000 euro bid from Real Madrid.”
Things have taken a little turn earlier this evening with the following tweet from Mir himself, saying his goodbyes.
Muchas gracias, siempre amunt! ⚪⚫ pic.twitter.com/Pzloe0UTps
— Rafa Mir (@RafaMir33) January 3, 2018
The translation of his goodbye message reads as per the following:
“I would like to thank Valencia C.F. its fans and the employees that form part of this great club for the opportunity they have given me to grow both personally and professionally. For six seasons I have lived with great professionals and shared unique moments in this wonderful city that is Valencia. I leave to face new challenges with the excitement that a new project brings where I continue learning and improving every day. I sincerely wish much success and achievement to Valencia CF.”
Pretty much a standard ‘thank you for the memories y adios’ message from Rafa Mir here to the club that he is leaving. What is a pique of interest are the linked phrases of “I leave to face new challenges” and also “the excitement that a new project brings.”
Where are these ‘new challenges’ and what is this ‘new project’? Could the next thing we hear from Rafa Mir be a ‘¡Hola! a Wolves!’ rather than an ‘Hasta luego a Valencia’?