Football: Real's Cheryshev joins Valencia on loan

Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev takes part in a training session at Valdebebas sport city in Madrid. PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Gary Neville's Valencia have completed a loan deal for Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev until the end of the season, the club confirmed on Monday.

"It is a big opportunity for me and I hope to be up to the challenge," the Russian international told Valencia's website.

Cheryshev made just six appearances for Real this season since returning from a successful loan spell at Villarreal last season.

However, his most telling contribution saw Madrid thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding Cheryshev against Cadiz when he was suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards from his time at Villarreal.

"He is a kid that works very hard, but he needs time and I wish him the best," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Sunday.

Cheryshev is the second addition to Neville's squad is as many days as full-back Guilherme Siqueira has also joined on loan until the end of the season from Atletico Madrid.

Valencia haven't won in La Liga since early November, including in eight games since Neville took charge, to fall to within five points of the relegation zone.

However, they have reached the Copa del Rey semi-finals where they face holders Barcelona in the first-leg on Wednesday.

And despite Madrid's elimination from the Cup, Cheryshev will be free to play as his suspension is deemed to have been served.

"It is true that the team is going through a difficult time, but with hard work everything is possible," added Cheryshev.

"Barcelona are a great opponent, but Valencia also can also do some damage."

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