Tottenham and Chelsea target David Albelda appears set to finally have his day in court after a last ditch attempt to reach a settlement with Valencia seems to have failed. The Spanish international is prepared to go to the law courts this Friday in order to be released from his contract and secure a move to another club.
As the Valencia soap opera continues, the club remain desperate to avoid a potentially divisive public hearing...
The 30 year old midfielder, who has been excluded from the Valencia squad along with Santi Canizares and Miguel Angel Angulo, has seemingly given up on an out of court settlement and it is now increasingly likely that the 22nd February court hearing will go ahead.
Lengthy negotiations took place in Valencia last night between Albelda’s agent, Alberto Toldra and the club’s sporting vice-president Rafael Salom. However, after a five hour discussion, no agreement was reached between the two parties and the talks were abandoned.
The player’s representatives are less than optimistic that a settlement will be reached and La Liga Review understands that the player is considerably aggrieved and eager to have his say in front of a judge. Albelda is upset that the club refused considerable offers from other clubs for his services, just months before coach Ronald Koeman decided that he would never play for Valencia again. Albelda has three years remaining on his current contract and the club were demanding 60 million Euros before selling him to another club.
Valencia appear to be very keen to avoid Fridays hearing and club spokesman Jesús Wolstein claimed after last nights discussions that “ we are still optimistic that a deal can be done". He insisted that the club would do all in its power to reacha deal before Fridays hearing.
It is unsurprising that Valencia are keen to avoid a public and potentially very damaging court battle with a player still adored by the fans. The case could expose and increase divivions within the troubled club as, according to Marca, Morientes, Helguera, Baraja, Caneira, Marchena, Mora and Moretti have all been summoned by the club’s lawyers to testify on the club’s behalf. This raises the prospect of a legal dispute that will place enormous pressure on fragile dressing room relationships as David Villa, Joaquin, Vicente and Silva have all been subpoenaed to testify on behalf of Albelda.