José Luis García Vayá, better known as Pepelu, has become the maximum referent of Dénia in professional football. At 23 years old, he already has enviable experience, having been key in several competitions as a player for the Spanish national team, having also dazzled in foreign leagues and, above all, as a fundamental piece in the Levante UD squad. Precisely this club has offered him a contract until 2032, which the Dianense has accepted after reflecting in his hometown.
With an ambitious promotional video for Levante UD, which could rather seem to be seeking to promote the city, Pepelu has announced this new contract for the next decade. Ten years in which he will wear the Granota shirt, defending it with the emblematic Valencian club. His first objective will be to get the club back to the top competition after their recent relegation to the Second Division.
“This is my house and this is my shield”
Although Pepelu had offers from other Primera clubs, he preferred to be a part of this long-term project with a club where he feels "at home". "I've been waiting for this for months, I'm very happy to be able to stay home."
Pepelu trained in the lower Granota categories, passing through Atlético Levante UD, where he played 110 games and a team in which he scored 14 goals. The Dianense was on loan at Hércules CF in 2017-18, participating in 30 league games. Already in 2019-20, he played on loan at the Portuguese Tondela, where he was also key with 33 appearances (two goals), all of them as a starter, while the following year he played for Vitoria Guimaraes, also being essential with 30 games ( 26 starting from the start) and sending the ball once into the net.
The announcement was made official this Thursday by Levante UD from Dénia, where Pepelu was born and from where he has reflected to make a decision that will mark his future.