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Rami: I'm treated like an object

June 19, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Defender Adil Rami has accused Valencia of trying to sell him off “like an object” amid speculation that Borussia Dortmund and Napoli have made moves to sign him.

Adil Rami, Tomer Hemed
GettyImagesRami is discontented by his situation at Valencia

Valencia are currently around €450 million in debt, with new club president Amadeo Salvo and sporting director Braulio Vazquez desperate to raise revenue but keep players such as Roberto Soldado, Jeremy Mathieu and Ever Banega.

But they appear less eager to keep €12 million-rated France international defender Rami at the Mestalla, and he told Offside Magazine, in quotes picked up by Superdeporte: “They treat me like an object to make money.

“What cannot happen is that the sporting director [Braulio Vazquez] comes into the gym to tell me he has received an offer from the Russians Anzhi [Makhachkala] and asking me if I would like to play there.”

Rami, 27, said he would like to stay at Valencia and become a club legend – but that the conditions to do that did not appear to exist.

“I ask for competition and ambition,” he explained. “If I stay, it is to write a history like that of [former Argentina international Roberto] Ayala.

“If they do not respect that, I will go. I believe I have shown these things for years. Ayala was surrounded [by good players] and valued.”

Valencia’s increasing financial woes have seen Spain internationals including Juan Mata, David Villa, David Silva and Jordi Alba leave in recent summers.

And Rami said: "My first intention is to stay... [but] if tomorrow an offer arrives which is interesting for all parties, why not [leave]?

“I do not want to see, each year, the best players leaving, and to stay here like a potato.”