Adil Rami has issued a vehement response to Valencia after being suspended without pay and placed on the transfer list, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

The French centre back, who has been targeted by both Manchester City and Arsenal, was yesterday suspended without pay after publicly criticising Valencia boss Miroslav Djukic.

But the 28-year-old has lashed out at the decision to remove him from the squad altogether and insists that he has done nothing wrong, despite being made out to be a villain by Djukic.

The defender, who was said to be seeking a move in the summer following the high-profile departure of Roberto Soldado, branded his punishment "unfounded" and was quick to suggest that it has only further exacerbated the problem.

"I want to respond to the sanction imposed on me by my club, Valencia. It's an unfounded sanction that I disagree with," Rami said.

"I regret this situation that tarnishes my relationship with my club and its supporters, for whom I always work with the utmost respect and complete loyalty."

Rami was said to be allowed to leave Valencia in the summer, providing a club paid the required £8million that Valencia were asking for.

That fee may now lower however, with the Spanish outfit said to be hoping to remove him from their squad altogether sooner rather than later.

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