Valencia have banned Adil Rami for a week and fined him a week's wages for his recent outburst criticising his teammates and coach Miroslav Djukic, while both parties have agreed to try and speed up his exit from the club.
Rami, 27, has been not played with the team or even trained with his colleagues since he called many of them ‘two-faced’ and also claimed coach Djukic had broken a promise to play him more often in a surprising interview on September 24.
Valencia were hoping to seriously punish Rami for such misbehaviour, however La Liga rules limit what they can do -- and the former Lille player himself this week hired lawyers to help him fight his case.
Los Che club president Amadeo Salvo met with the French international and his new legal representatives on Friday, with a statement subsequently released giving details of the ban and fine being meted out.
"Valencia Club de Futbol and Adil Rami, together with his lawyers, have this morning had a meeting in relation to the process of disciplining the player opened by the club last week,” the statement read. “After listening to the footballer, who has shown his remorse at the statements he made against his coach and his teammates, the club has taken into account this circumstance and had decided to punish him, in accordance with its internal regulations, with a one week suspension from work and withdrawal of salary. Independently of the sanction, Valencia CF and Adil Rami have agreed to work together to find an satisfactory exit for both parties."
An emergency loan move away from Mestalla now looks the most appealing short-term solution for both the club, and the player, whose current contract at Valencia runs until June 2015.
Napoli earlier this week reportedly turned down an attempt by Valencia to organise a ‘loan-swap’ involving the Serie A club’s Argentina international centre-half Fede Fernandez.