Arsenal were one of many teams who chased the signature of French international defender Adil Rami this summer - but to no avail.
Manchester City and Manchester United have also been tentatively linked with his signature in the past, and now the 27-year-old’s career at Valencia is coming to an end.
The player has now been officially suspended from the club after a recent radio interview outburst, in which he criticised, well, everyone.
“I do not speak with Djukic - My relationship with him is not good. He does not speak to your face.’’
The fact that Djukic is Miroslav Djukic, his manager, tells you everything you need to know about the situation - it has become untenable.
He has now officially been put up for sale by the club, and on top of that he is suspended until further notice.
He has been handed a suspension for gross misconduct, which could see him away from the club until his exit - likely to be in January.
The suspension extends so far as to ban him from the clubs Mestalla stadium and the training ground - so he cannot see the players and coach he criticised in the week - but at least it was agreed he would be paid whilst suspended after a two hour meeting with club President Amadeo Salvo.
Djukic had this to say on the matter:
“It is up to the club and not me, I have already told them my opinion, they will sort out the issue, and I have to dedicate myself to the team. Will we replace him in the transfer market? First we have to resolve this issue and then we will see. Rami is currently a player at Valencia and Valencia will decided what to do. I am here to work for Valencia and the club will decide what is best for him.”
For Rami, it is curtains at Valencia. His position in the team is now unsustainable, and he is to move on in January…
… can any of the Premier League parties interested capitalise? Should they after his acrimonious end to his Valencia career?
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