Rami expelled from Valencia squad

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Manchester City transfer target Adil Rami has been sent home by Valencia boss Miroslav Djukic after 'disrespectful' public comments against the coach, according to a club statement.

The Frenchman was identified as City manager Manuel Pellegrini's top defensive target in the last few days of the summer window.

But Valencia held onto the France international, forcing City to move for then-Atletico Madrid centre-back Martin Demichelis instead.

And Rami was set to feature for the La Liga club against Granada in tonight's league match with Ricardo Costa absent.

But, after a 'disrespectful' outburst directed at Djukic, Rami has been expelled from the match day squad.

A statement on the club's website read: "The coach of Valencia, Miroslav Djukic, with the full backing of everyone involved in the club, has decided to remove Adil Rami from the match against Granada, for his clear disrespectful public protests against the coach and his teammates, made without the required permission or knowledge of the club.

"Valencia and their values are above the interests of any person or any other consideration. Only respect for the club will make us great. In place of Adil Rami, Oriol Romeu will join the squad."

Earlier this week, Rami told Cadena SER: "I do speak with Djukic. He is the head of the boat, but we will see where we are at the end of the season.

"My relationship with him is not good. He does not speak to your face. To me, he said I could be one of the best centre-backs in Europe and he has not shown it.

"We lost people like Albelda, Tino Costa and Soldado, people who talk face to face and now in the dressing room there are only those that don't tell the truth."

Manchester City were the most recent Premier League club to be linked with the 27-year-old defender, but Arsenal and Tottenham have also been mentioned as possible suitors within the last three months.

City were reported to be lining up a £6m, before they settled on Argentinian centre-back Demichelis. Pellegrini's side progressed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 5-0 win over Wigan at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

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