Spal­letti fu­ri­ous with want­away Kon­dog­bia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ROME: In­ter Milan coach Lu­ciano Spal­letti vented his fury on Fri­day as want­away French in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder Ge­of­frey Kon­dog­bia skipped train­ing.

Kon­dog­bia’s fail­ure to turn up prompted the 24-year-old to be axed from In­ter’s squad for late yes­ter­day’s friendly against Real Betis.

A fu­ri­ous Spal­letti told re­porters he had been un­aware of the de­fen­sive mid­fielder’s de­sire to change teams.

“He (Kon­dog­bia) had this idea to change, it came out of the blue and I tried to con­vince him (to stay), but some­one else prob­a­bly made cer­tain prom­ises,” Spal­letti was quoted as say­ing in Ital­ian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

Span­ish club Va­len­cia are re­ported to be in­ter­ested in the player but In­ter are re­fus­ing to sell for less than €25 mil­lion (RM127 mil­lion).

Spal­letti stressed how­ever that “Kon­dog­bia is an im­por­tant player” in their quest for a first Serie A ti­tle since 2010. Kon­dog­bia joined the Milan gi­ants in 2015 from Monaco hav­ing pre­vi­ously spent a sea­son in Spain at Sevilla. AFP

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