‘You destroyed an ambitious project, you had to cheat your coach and ultimately me’: Geoffrey Kondogbia launches an extraordinary attack on Valencia president Anil Murthy after exodus of players and collapse of his own move
- Geoffrey Kondogbia is outraged by the lack of purchases in Valencia to replace the copies sold
- Exits included Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Rodrigo Moreno and Ferran Torres
- While the club made £ 54 million, no money was spent on recruiting this summer
- Valencia is currently eighth in La Liga with just two wins from five games
Geoffrey Kondogbia, the linchpin in Valencia’s midfield, has launched an extraordinary attack on the club’s president, accusing him of destroying his ambition and that of the team.
The defensive midfielder, who played 27 La Liga appearances for Valencia last season and has started all five games this season, is central to manager Javi Gracia’s plans, but he is clearly discouraged by what he has seen at the Mestalla in recent months. has seen.
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 has not provided any reinforcement
He has hit Valencia president Anil Murthy (center 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.
On top of that, Ezequiel Garay was allowed to expire and Florenzi returned to Roma and Jaume Costa to Villarreal, after they were both on loan.
While a lot went out, very little came through the door, with no money being spent.
Kondogbia’s frustration stems from the fact that it was widely expected that Valencia, with a few additions, would aim for a top-seven finish this season.
Such an elevated position now seems less likely, and although they are eighth in La Liga, the club have only had two wins from five games.
Kondogbia also accused Murthy of the loss of his own transfer with the club
Defensive midfielder Kondogbia is a tough competitor who is crucial for Valencia this season
Additionally, Kondogbia had been tipped off to move to Atletico Madrid to secure their midfield after Thomas Partey left for Arsenal. However, he was persuaded to stay, or at least not to go.
The Central African Republic international admitted to being furious.
‘After you already destroyed an ambitious project, you had to fool your coach and ultimately me. Thank you, Anil Murthy, ‘the former Inter and Monaco midfielder posted with him Instagram stories.
The gloom surrounding the Mestalla extends to the well-respected coach, Gracia, a former Watford manager, who has made it clear that he is not impressed either.
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 as anyone can. It has been weakened by the departure. I have hopes that the reinforcements promised to me will come, but no one has arrived. ‘
However, the Singaporean president has defended his decisions in an interview with the Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times.
Murthy highlighted the drop in club revenues that resulted from the team not qualifying for European competition this season due to ninth place in La Liga, combined with the impact of Covid-19.
“We’re going to have a complicated season because of Covid-19, so we have to be responsible and tightly control costs,” he said. “What’s the use of a bankrupt club?”
And the Valencia squad still holds quality and potential, such as striker Maxi Gomez and left back Jose Gaya, as well as attacking midfielder Lee Kang-in, midfielder Carlos Soler and 17-year-old England midfielder Yunus Musah.
But it may not be enough to deliver the finish that coach, players and fans were hoping for.