By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Guardado, 25, is a left winger who played a significant role in Deportivo's promotion to La Liga from La Segunda Division. He was involved in 23 of the team goals and is renowned as a gifted footballer with a fondness for making runs into the box and trying a shot at goal.
Valencia already have an attacking fullback in Jordi Alba and it is rumoured that new coach Mauricio Pellegrino could have moved in order to secure the Mexican's signature as the Spanish international is garnering significant interest from the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United.
The former Deportivo player made 134 appearances for the club before moving to join Champions League-playing Valencia. Sporting director Braulio Vazquez was especially happy at have ensured the signing of the player hailing him as a "keystone in the Mexican national team".
"Despite his youth, Andrés Guardado already has the experience of playing in two World Cups," Vazquez told valenciacf.com.
"Along with Javier ‘Chicharito' Hernández, he is one of the keystones of the Mexican national team.
"He is a player of great technical quality and an international class talent," said Vázquez.
Guardado said that he is enthusiastic about his future with his new club and revealed that the prospect of playing in Champions League football mere months after playing in the second division was a decisive factor.
"This is a very important challenge in my career and is a real motivation.
"This is something that I have dreamt about from a young age and I have always wanted to play in the Champions League. Signing for Valencia CF has made my dream a reality.
"I always watched La Liga and the Champions League on the television as a child, dreaming of getting to play in those competitions one day.
"Valencia CF offer me the opportunity to do this and I will give my all to ensure that I don't let them down.
"Now I will have tougher demands on me, a lot of competition and great players around me who are going to push me even harder than before. Obviously this will improve me as a player, which will in turn transfer over to my national team form."
He also revealed that he is excited at the prospect of playing in a team widely heralded as one of the third best in La Liga.
"Coming to a team like Valencia CF, with their international players like Rami, Albelda, Alba, Jonás and Soldado, means that there is the need to give 100% at every moment.
"It is extra motivation, as you have to be at your best in training as well as in every match.
"This is undoubtedly better for the team, because competition makes the squad stronger and improves us players as individuals. On a personal level, it is an honour to share a dressing room with such great players.
"It is a source of great pride that Valencia CF have come in for me. They are one of the biggest teams in Spain and in Europe, and any player would love to be part of such a prestigious club."
Valencia ended the recent season in third place but they will be looking to improve upon the 30-point gap between the club and second-placed Barcelona. They are expected to carry out further transfer activity in order to increase the depth of the squad to deal with the demands of playing in three different competitions.
Guardado signed a four-year contract that will see him at the club and will be Valencia's second signing in the current transfer window following the earlier procurement of right-back Joao Pereira from Sporting Lisbon.