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By ESPN Staff
May 27, 2006

Morientes agrees personal terms with Valencia

Valencia have agreed personal terms with striker Fernando Morientes, allowing his transfer from Liverpool to go ahead.

The 30-year-old, who was left out of Spain's World Cup squad, has agreed a three-year contract with the option of a further year.

The move - agreed between the clubs on undisclosed terms on Thursday - is still subject to a medical, with the official presentation expected to take place on Tuesday once Morientes returns from holiday.

The two clubs have already agreed a fee, reported to be around 4.5million euros (£3.1million), and Valencia have now announced on their website that they have reached an agreement with the player over personal terms.

Morientes almost signed for Valencia three years ago, when he spent the 2003-04 season on loan at Monaco.

'I knew it wasn't going to be a problem,' Morientes told local newspaper Las Provincias. 'My only concern was that the clubs would not find an agreement.

'It's something that I wanted, I had two years left on my contract with Liverpool but this option came along and I had no doubts, it was my only option.

'It was very clear to me that had I not gone to a club like Valencia, I wouldn't have left at all.'

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez led Valencia to two Primera Liga titles and a UEFA Cup during his three-year spell with the club before going to Anfield in 2004.

But Morientes insists he didn't need any encouragement from the Reds boss before deciding to make the move to the Mestella.

'We've spoken a lot but he didn't have to say anything specific about Valencia,' added the former Real Madrid striker.

'It is a great club and for any professional it's a great opportunity to play there.

'This is a challenge for me and I want to win titles for Valencia.

'It was a big disappointment not to be included in the World Cup squad but I think signing for Valencia has cured this wound, you have to turn the page.'

Morientes missed out on the Spain squad after failing to hold down a regular first-team place at Anfield.

He started 20 of Liverpool's 38 league games this season, and scored a total of 12 goals in 60 appearances for the club in all competitions.

Morientes signed for Liverpool from Real Madrid in January 2005 for 9.2million euros (£6.3million) and has won 43 caps for Spain, scoring 27 goals.