Sidelined Albelda hints at retirement

Spain international midfielder David Albelda is ready to give up football altogether after being sidelined by coach Ronald Koeman at Valencia, he told a Spanish newspaper Tuesday.

"I am sidelined as they won't even let me train normally," he told the El Mundo daily.

"I don't deserve what they are putting me through, and I don't know the reasons. The supporters must know.

"I am considering giving up football," said the 30-year-old, who has 50 caps for his country.

Spain coach Luis Aragones said on the subject of Albelda recently that players who do not appear regularly for their clubs will find it difficult to make the squad for UEFA EURO 2008.

Koeman, who took over at Valencia in October, last month told midfielder Albelda, striker Miguel Angel Angulo, 30, and goalkeeper Santiago Canizares, 37, that they no longer featured in his plans.