VALENCIA. Jorge Sáenz comes out of his ‘nightmare’ at Mirandés. It has not been two easy years for the Canarian center-back who is owned by Valencia until June 2024. The Mestalla club paid Tenerife two million euros for 50% of his rights and had been lost in a spiral of unsuccessful transfers.
However, his arrival at CD Mirandés last winter market has changed Jorge Sáenz’s state of mind. The defender has become indisputable since his arrival and is already beginning to reap the rewards of it. In fact, Jorge Sáenz has already played more in a month and a half than in his previous six months at CS Marítimo, a club where he went on loan after playing his first minutes as a Valencianista in the preseason with Bordalás. The experience in the Liga NOS was also frustrating for the footballer who disappeared from the Portuguese club’s plans at the end of September.
A ‘ghost’ step for Celta and a failed return
The footballer was supposed to arrive in the summer of 2019 to start the preseason, but the July 15 (and in the Maxi Gómez purchase operation) Valencia CF closed the transfer of Jorge Sáenz to RC Celta. Therefore he did not even make his debut with Valencia in preseason.
A very bad transfer for all parties. In the first of the years he started with Fran Escribá as coach and under him he played two games; His debut could not have been more eventful. Against Granada, the player on loan from Valencia opens in the first division but is sent off at minute 11 game by Prieto Iglesias. That bizarre start took its toll. He also played against Alaves and Real Sociedad even with Escriba on the bench. After the dismissal of the Valencian, Jorge Sáenz was ostracized and with Oscar García Junyent he did not set foot on a pitch again until matchday 31 (again against Real). He added 3 more games, against Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid and Osasuna (total, 7 games and 373 minutes).
In between, a global pandemic that stopped the league championship for three months and a Valencia’s attempt to pick him up to alleviate the absence caused by Garay’s injury. Celta demanded the two million euros that it cost to break the transfer (despite not having the footballer) and from Mestalla the transfer was withdrawn. Saying repechage attempt restarted in the summer following the purge carried out by Meriton, and in the winter of 2021 given the repeated request of Javi Gracia for having one more center-back in the squad.
Worse was the second campaign in Vigo. Neither Óscar García first nor “Chacho” Coudet later gave the Tenerife native an option, who spent the season blank. He did not add a single minute in the league as a sky blue player and even had to put up with a barrage from his coach: “They decide to stay knowing that they are not going to participate. I respect all decisions but this is professional football, it is not a spa. I have been clear with them. I warned them two weeks before that they would not count, they have had the opportunity to leave and they have decided to stay because they were not comfortable with the opportunities they had. I was hired to make decisions and I make them. They have all the attention that a player needs, I am frontal and I go face to face. They have everything to use, they change like everyone else, they have a doctor, a physio and a physical trainer available, everything they need”.