Ellis blasts waste of money Alpay
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Premiership outfit severed their ties with the controversial centre half last week by agreeing a settlement on the remainder of Alpay's contract which was due to expire at the end of the season.
Alpay's future at Villa Park became untenable after his confrontation with England captain David Beckham during the crunch Euro 2004 qualifier earlier in the month.
He was then given compassionate leave by the club before being given the green light to move on and terminate his three-year stay at Villa Park.
Villa supremo Ellis could not resist a parting shot at Alpay by claiming the former Fenerbahce man burnt a huge hole in the club's coffers.
"He got the rough end of my tongue because he has been a disaster," stated Ellis.
"He has cost us £9.5 million when you take his wages and his £5.6 million transfer fee and everything else into account."
Ellis also revealed his bitterness at Alpay's snide efforts to secure a move to Die Bundesliga while he was receiving treatment for an injury in Germany.
He continued: "I had him in my office and asked him which club he'd accepted because I'd heard from Hertha Berlin.
"I knew what he'd organised while he was out there."