Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu has put an end to any transfer rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona by signing a new four-year-contract with current club Valencia

The French centre-back was reportedly being chased by Spanish giants Barcelona, but has since agreed terms with Valencia, and will stay at the Mestalla until the end of the 2016-2017 season. 

This is a major boost for "Los Che", as Mathieu has been a key figure in their first-team for a number of seasons now. Since 2009, Mathieu has played over 110 games for Valencia scoring twice. 

Barcelona had originally been linked with Mathieu after they released fellow Frenchman Eric Abidal at the end of this season. Real Madrid were also linked with Mathieu, but their interest cooled following the Barcelona speculation. 

Mathieu has also represented his national team at all levels, also making two appearances for the senior team after showing good form with Valencia. 

And in an interview with French newspaper Superdeporte, Mathieu expressed his delight at signing a new deal with Valencia, which includes a newly installed £17m buy-out-clause

"I am very happy. Everything has been done and I have renewed my contract with Valencia," Mathieu said

And it was only last week that Mathieu acknowledged Barcelona's interest, but considered a move to the Nou Camp would be a step down because of the number of centre-backs already in the team. 

"Interest from Barcelona? Yes indeed, but I was only fourth or fifth position on their list. 

"I just knew their top priority was Thiago Silva," he told L'Equipe


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