‘You destroyed an ambitious project, you had to deceive your coach and, finally, me’: Geoffrey Kondogbia launches extraordinary attack on Valencia president Anil Murthy after exodus of players and the club now plans to sanction midfield enforcer
- Geoffrey Kondogbia is furious at Valencia’s lack of signings to replace those sold
- Exits included Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Rodrigo Moreno and Ferran Torres
- While club made £54million no money was spent on recruitment this summer
- But Valencia have hit back and Sportsmail understands there will be sanctions
Valencia’s midfield lynchpin Geoffrey Kondogbia has launched an extraordinary attack on the club’s president, accusing him of destroying his and the team’s ambition.
The defensive midfielder, who made 27 La Liga appearances for Valencia last season, and has started all five matches this term, is central to manager Javi Gracia’s plans, but he is clearly disheartened by what he has seen at the Mestalla in recent months.
President Anil Murthy has sold the club’s best players, with four big sales this summer bringing in just £54 million.
Geoffrey Kondogbia is frustrated that Valencia have failed to provide any reinforcements
He has hit out at Valencia president Anil Murthy (centre right) for letting players leave
The exodus included Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin, who went to Villarreal, Rodrigo Moreno to Leeds and Ferran Torres to Manchester City.
In addition, Ezequiel Garay was allowed to run down his contract and Florenzi returned to Roma and Jaume Costa to Villarreal, having both been on loan.
While a lot went out, precious little came through the door, with no money being spent.
Kondogbia’s frustration stems from the fact that Valencia, with a few additions, were widely expected to push for a top-seven finish this term.
Such a lofty position looks less likely now, and while they sit eighth in La Liga, the club have managed just two wins from five games
Kondogbia also blasted Murthy for the demise of his own transfer away from the club
Defensive midfielder Kondogbia is a tough competitor who is crucial to Valencia this term
On top of that, Kondogbia was persuaded to stay this summer after interest from Atletico Madrid.
‘Having already destroyed an ambitious project, you had to deceive your coach and, finally, me. Thank you, Anil Murthy,’ the former Inter and Monaco midfielder posted to his Instagram stories.
But Sportsmail understands Valencia are furious with their player’s public outburst and are planning to sanction Kondogbia as he ‘breached internal regulations’ with his comments.
It is expected Kondogbia is more likely to face a financial punishment rather than be dropped from the first-team squad with the 27-year-old a key player.
Valencia travel to play Villarreal on Sunday and the coach is keen to see Kondogbia involved despite his controversial remarks.
Gracia, a former Watford manager,will feel that he cannot afford to lose anyone else.
An exodus of players from the Mestalla included Ferran Torres (left), who went to Man City
Last month, Gracia, who arrived in the summer but has already held crisis talks with his president, said: ‘I can see the squad just as everybody else can. It’s been weakened because of the departures. I have the hope that the reinforcements that were promised to me will come, but no one has arrived.’
However, the Singaporean president has defended his decisions in an interview with the Singapore newspaper, The Straits Times.
Murthy highlighted the fall in club revenue that resulted from the team’s failire to qualify for European competition this season as a result of finishing ninth in La Liga, combined with the impact of Covid-19.
”We are going to have a complicated season because of Covid-19, so we must be responsible and control costs tightly,’ he said. ‘What use is a bankrupt club?’
And Valencia’s squad does still possess quality and potential, such as centre forward Maxi Gomez and left back Jose Gaya, as well as attacking midfielder Lee Kang-in, midfielder Carlos Soler, and 17-year-old English midfielder Yunus Musah.
But it may not be enough to deliver the finish coach, players and fans were hoping for.