Barca chief slams Arturo Vidal for lack of respect

Barca chief slams Arturo Vidal for lack of respect

October 11, 2018 0 By Andrew Smyth

Barcelona’s sporting director Pep Segura slammed Arturo Vidal for a lack of respect towards all of his teammates and the coaching staff following a recent outburst on social media.

Life at the Camp Nou has not gone the way Vidal had imagined with manager Ernesto Valverde only starting him twice in his nine appearances for Barcelona.

This will not have come to a surprise to most Barcelona fans given their bewilderment at Vidal’s €20m arrival from Bayern Munich in the summer.

The Chilean international also has to contend with the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Philippe Coutinho and Arthur for a place at the heart of the club’s star-studded midfield.

With just 172 minutes of action this season, Vidal recently took his frustrations out on Instagram following Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

The 31-year-old posted an angry face emoji and sparked fresh controversy by adding another message after being left on the bench in the club’s 1-1 draw at Valencia last weekend.

“Don’t fight with those who are like Judas, they will hang themselves,” he wrote.

While Vidal defended the significance of his actions at Chile’s training camp in Miami earlier this week, Segura expects him to make amends after the international break.

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“In general the situation with Vidal is very clear. Firstly, with his protests, it’s a clear demonstration he that wants to play for and serve FC Barcelona, contributing to winning everything as he said when he was presented,” Segura told Sport.

“The negative part is he doesn’t have the delicate touch that a professional should have out of respect for his coach and his team-mates.

“In a club as big as Barca with the great professionals here, Vidal knows he has done wrong, that he lacked respect for his team-mates and I’m sure he will correct that.”

Vidal will likely feature in Chile’s friendly against Peru on Saturday at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, which is expected to host the Catalan derby between Girona and Barcelona in the New Year.