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January 8, 2010 | International

Esme Mends set to Spanish side Valencia

Mends is part of the Hearts set-up
Mends is part of the Hearts set-up

Ghana youth midfielder Esme Mends will sign for Spanish side Valencia next week if he passes a medical test.

The 23-year-old, who plays for local giants Hearts of Oak, will travel to Spain to have the medical test.

Valencia scouts spotted the youngster during a local league game and are impressed to the point that they will give him a straight contract without trials.

The Spanish side will pay Hearts of Oak 400,000 Euros if he Mends passes the medical.

He is expected to leave the country by Monday afvter playing in the weekend's last first round league match against Real Tamale United.

Mends began his youth playing career at Great Ambassadors in the Tema Colts League before joining division 1 club, Tema Real Sportive in 2003/4. 

The club gained promotion to the Ghanaian Premier League in 2004/5 and Esme was named as team captain. 

After a total of four years with Real Sportive, Esme left the club and signed with the top club Hearts making them champions in 2008/2009 for the first time in 8 years.

Also Hearts of Oak player of the year 2008/09, Esme was nominated in the Ghana Premier League All Star team 2007, 2008, 2009.

He has attracted interest from a number of big clubs in Russia, Spain, Germany and Italy.

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