Adil Rami played his first game for AC Milan last night, in a friendly in Switzerland. So why can he not play in official games?
This summer saw Arsenal and Manchester City chase French international defender Adil Rami. The 27-year-old centre-back has long been a target of the Premier League clubs - but at the end of the transfer window nothing had happened, he was to stay at Valencia.
But then things went sour. Times at the Mestalla Stadium were tough at the beginning of the season, culminating in a thrashing at the hands of Swansea City in the UEFA Europa League.
And it was not long after that game that Rami made this statement:
“I do not speak with (Miroslav) Djukic (Valencia manager) - My relationship with him is not good. He does not speak to your face.’’
He was then immediately put up for sale by the club, and on top of that he was suspended until further notice.
He was handed a suspension for gross misconduct, which extended so far as to ban him from the clubs Mestalla tadium 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.
So in October 2013 he was loaned to AC Milan - where he has been training ever since.
Simply put Valencia just wanted him away from the club - and they got their wish.
But the fact remains he signed outside the Transfer Window - so could not actually play for Milan just yet, in fact he must wait until January.
Although, not necessarily.
He made his ‘unofficial’ debut for the Rossoneri yesterday - as those Milan players not called up for international duty took on a BSC Young Boys Bern outfit from Switzerland in a friendly match.
Kaka captained the side, and scored one of their three goals in a 3-1 triumph - but Rami is the one receiving most the media attention, after making his first appearance for Milan.
He reportedly played well according to his coach Massimiliano Allegri:
“Rami played well, it was his first game in a Rossoneri jersey and that’s never easy. He was also strong on the counter-attack.”
But as good as he is, you can’t help but think missing out on him was a good thing considering the disruption he caused at his previous squad.
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