Real Madrid will be forced to start Fàbio Coentrao in the return leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals against Atlético de Madrid after Marcelo got booked during the match at the Calderón. Next season, that could change, because José Luis Gayà is not making a long-term commitment with Valencia any time soon.
According to several reports from COPE and Valencia's SuperDeporte, the club has pulled back the offer to extend Gayà's contract after the left-back refused to sign it. Apparently, Gayà would like to match his new salary with the €50 million release clause that would be included in his new contract, thinking that a player worth that much should be earning more than €1 million. Valencia are not willing to accept a lower clause and therefore talks over this extension have stopped until the end of the season.
The main problem for Valencia is that Real Madrid could be paying the current €18 million release clause to sign the player away from Valencia whenever they want, so Los Blancos could have the edge here if they are indeed interested in signing Gayà.