Valencia midfielder David Albelda has lost his legal battle with the club after a Judge ruled today that the player’s grievances could not be upheld by the Spanish law courts. The decision leaves the Spanish international in an almost untenable situation.
Albela’s claim for both compensation and an annulment of his contract arose after being told by Ronald Koeman that he would never play for Valencia again, at least while the Dutch coach remains in charge. As Valencia refused to sell him unless another club matched Albelda’s 60 million euro buy out clause, the Spanish international felt that his only option was to seek a judicial ruling that would permit him to ply his trade at another club.
At the moment it is not known whether the player will appeal the decision or, as his lawyer has suggested, even attempt to sue the club President or Ronald Koeman.
The Valencia football club President, after hearing the decision, said “In spite of this ruling in our favour, we extend the hand to Albelda in order that we might reach a satisfactory agreement for both parties. Our doors are open and we want to find a solution. The best thing for everyone concerned is that we should forget all about it and think about the future.”
Albelda will certainly be thinking about his future, particularly with the European Championships coming up in the summer and his inclusion in the squad in jeopardy, his desire to be playing competitive football is wholly understandable