Diego Alves wants to sign new Valencia contract

Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves says he is eager to sign a new contract with the club if he is offered one.

The Brazilian is determined to extend his stay with Los Che beyond his current deal which expires in June 2019.

Alves told Cadena Cope radio: "I would like to extend my contract with Valencia. I will do everything possible but it all depends on the club.

"I think I've had many good things for this club and I hold no rancour."

Alves, who joined Valencia in 2011 after four seasons at Almeria, recently said contact was made with Barcelona this summer regarding a possible switch to the Camp Nou.

Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch had opened the door for Alves to leave for another club.

Barca were reportedly keen to acquire Alves as a replacement for Claudio Bravo but eventually signed Jasper Cillessen from Ajax before the end of the transfer market.

Alves is glad he did not leave after cementing his first-team place at the Mestalla stadium.

"I'm happy to be here and I want to continue for a long time in this city," Alves said. "What happened this summer is in the past."

The 31-year-old was not in the starting XI for Valencia's opening two league games under former coach Pako Ayestaran but has started every match that has followed, and has been a bright spot for a club that has had a difficult time this season.

He made his 17th La Liga penalty save in last month's 2-1 win at Leganes to help Valencia win for the second time this season.

The Rio de Janeiro native then extended his La Liga record for penalty saves when he kept out two in his team's 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Oct. 2.

Alves has now saved 19 of 41 attempts. Of those, 20 were goals, one was off target and the other hit the crossbar, but the expert penalty stopper doesn't enjoy the moment.

"I'm used to being known as the keeper that saves penalties," he said. "Since I was young I had a gift. I have my technique and things have gone well for me. I never sought this record but I owe it to the work that I've done throughout the years. But I don't like them, I get very nervous."

Asked about the secret to denying so many players, Alves added: "It's a psychological battle between the keeper and the taker.

"You need to predict what the other will do. I don't study them in advance.

"I just try to get close to the taker, look at them and say nothing. The face of the taker says a lot.

"Of course, each penalty save means more responsibility."

Valencia are second-bottom in the standings with six points from their opening seven games and play at Sporting Gijon on Sunday before hosting Barcelona on Oct. 22.

"I just hope that there are no penalties against us when we face Barca next week," Alves said. "But if there is one, I would like for [former Valencia player Paco] Alcacer to take it as I know him well."