Paterna, factory side to left-handers
The Sports City of Paterna is the home of Valencia CF, the headquarters where the Valencian club forges its future promises, the place where its quarry fights in a very equal fight for the hegemony of Valencian grassroots football with its city neighbor Levante and Comunidad, Villarreal and with the opposition of schools such as Alboraya and some other. But in recent years it has stood out for being a true factory for making left-handed backs.. And it is that their last three products in that position have stood out in the elite and have even stepped on the Spanish team in several of their categories.
We speak as not of Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat and the last to appear, José Luis Gayá. The three have many things in common as if they were taken from a mold made in Paterna. All three are tiny (they measure the same practically), fast and with a very similar style of play. The three seem to be called to succeed in elite football. Jordi Alba is international, plays for Barcelona and has already been champion. Born in Hospitalet del Llobregat, Barcelona, a 21 March 1989 went to almost 400 km from your locality, in the quarry of Valencia where he reached the elite.
He made his debut in Valencia's first team in 2009 after having been on loan at the Nastic de Tarragona and at 2012, was pierced by 18 million on the way to Barcelona just in a summer where it came out in the Eurocup of 2012, a fact that many Valencia fans wondered why a player of that level had come out for so little money, What they did not expect is that in a short space of time another high-level left-back would appear, Juan Bernat.
Bernat was born in Valencia a 1 March 1993 and he debuted with Valencia's first team as a left-handed winger but precisely because of the departure of Jordi Alba and the conversion of Mathieu to central, was later converted to the side where he was going to meet. After two seasons not very flashy, the third was going to be the charm. Bernat was going to be one of the best Valencia players 2013/14, a fact that did not go unnoticed for a Bayern Munich led by Pep Guardiola who took over his services for 11 million euros in the summer of 2014. Del Bosque also noticed him for his new selection. But nothing happened, it was Gayá's turn.
José Luis Gayá was born on 25 May 1995. Natural of Pedreguer, Alicante, his is a story of perseverance and sacrifice of those who surround him. His father took him to train Paterna from his hometown doing almost 300 km between roundtrip so that your child could play for Valencia. In the end, the effort returned the successes and Gayá has become one of the surprises of the League. Indisputable for Nuno, its progression is very similar to that of its two predecessors. It is still early but without a doubt, Paterna has become a gold mine when it comes to taking players in a position as ungrateful as that of the left-handed side.