Valencia president Juan Soler has backed coach Ronald Koeman for dropping midfielder David Albelda and goalkeeper Santiago Canizares, making it clear the pair have no future at the the club.
“The technical staff, the coach and sporting director have told the president it is vital to leave Canizares and Albelda out of the team,” vice president Enrique Lucas told the club’s Web site.
“The president has accepted the coach’s decision in the understanding that everyone’s professional life comes to an end.”
Canizares and Albelda, who between them have won 95 caps for Spain, had been left out of the squad to face Real Union in the King’s Cup on Wednesday.
“Santi and David have been two important players in the history of this club,” added Lucas. “It is a painful decision and the president has been very hurt by it.”
Koeman, who took charge last month, decided to omit the duo after a run of poor results.
“Valencia is a ship and those who don’t want to be on board will be out,” said the Dutchman on Tuesday.
Spain coach Luis Aragones admitted he was concerned by the upheavals at Valencia, as the club provides more players for the national side than any other.
“I’m worried the (Valencia) players are having problems and aren’t in such good form as in recent months,” Aragones told AS.
“I don’t want to interfere with internal matters in a club or with the decisions made by a coach but I need to be aware of what is happening in the teams who provide players for the national side.
“Albelda has always performed well for the national side and has played a defensive role in midfield that has always been important for the team,” he said.