The under-21 national team player is the fifth player after Talovjer, Van Buren, Prebsl and Matoušek who is on loan at Nisa.
“I met Mick and Max (van Buren and Talovjerov, editor’s note) in České Budějovice and in Slavia. I also know Karol Mészáros and coach Kozlo, so the adaptation will not be difficult. The cabin is great, I’m really looking forward to it,” said Valenta, who can play for the new club for the first time tomorrow against the champions Pilsen.
By hiring a midfielder, the North Bohemians are reacting to the long-term injury of Mohamed Doumbia, who was one of Slovan’s important players at the beginning of the season. However, he was injured in the home match against České Budějovice and coach Luboš Kozl may miss up to two months.
“I believe that I will build on the good work that the boys have started this season and we will continue with good results. I prefer to play as a central midfielder. I also played as a stopper, but that’s not quite my position,” admitted the Slavia protege, whose reigning vice-champions bought him back from České Budějovice this summer and signed a contract with him until 2026.
“Matej made a huge progress in the last season. We are very happy to have a great player in the team, who will also be helped in acclimatization by the knowledge of the environment and the coaches, who will further develop his potential,” explained Slavia’s sports director Jiří Bílek at the time.
Valenta debuted in the first league in August 2018 in the Slavia jersey. After that, he was a guest in the second league Ústí nad Labem and the year before last he transferred to České Budějovice. Part of the agreement was a buyback clause on more favorable terms, which Slavia took advantage of this July. The Czech youth representative has 41 starts and two goals in the league. He can score another on Saturday against Pilsen.