Newcastle United target Modibo Maiga has been demoted to the Sochaux reserve team by club chairman Alexandre Lacombe, after trying to force a move to the Barclays Premier League reports skysports.com.
The 23-year-old striker joins teammate, and fellow contract rebel Kevin Anin for a spell with the second-string as Lacombe, who has described the club's situation as "unmanageable", reminds the players of their responsibilities.
"We are working with the ones who want to work," he told French newspaper L'Equipe. "I told them what I had to say - that is enough - it has become unimaginable.
"Now it is just up to them to let me know when they will be ready to be serious and reliable."
Magpies boss Alan Pardew was keen to bring Maiga to St. James' Park this summer, and could renew his interest when the transfer window reopens in January.
"I am not thinking about the summer anymore, I just want to play," Maiga told L'Equipe. "The chairman is the boss, but it is useless to keep me and treat me that way."
The French forward is adamant his first-team exile does no favours to any party, and hopes the move will not affect the possibility of any future Newcastle transfer.
"I will go with the reserves and give my best," he continued. "But I can't understand. Maybe he wants revenge."