He Barça president, Josep Maria Bartomeucrossed out “lack of respect” and “an unacceptable indiscipline” the performance of the Brazilian Arthur, who has not returned to the team to prepare the Champions League, as he had agreed in his transfer to the Juventus.
“What Arthur has done is a lack of respect for his teammates, because the team wants to do well in the Champions League. And also for the club. It is not logical that playing such an important title, a player decides to erase. It is unjustifiable and totally incomprehensible, “says Bartomeu this Saturday in a interview with Diario Sport.
After the end of the leagueWhen his signing for ‘Juve’ was already known, the players had a few days off before returning to work to play the ‘Champions’. However, Arthur has not placed himself under the command of Quique Setién. “We agreed that until the Champions League ended, he would continue playing in the Barca, both in the League and in the Champions. He is a player who has a certain importance in the team and that he could help us. But it did not appear from the return of the minivacations. It is an unacceptable act of indiscipline, “she says.
The Barça president confirmed that have opened a file to the player. “And that is why we have opened a file for him, because there is no argument to justify his absence. He called and said, ‘I will not return, I will stay in Brazil’. It is his decision. No one has given him permission,” he adds.
On the other hand, Bartomeu assures that Setién is not in danger. “Setien has a contract. When we hired him, we explained to him that it was a project for this season and all the following. Measuring a coach for a few months, with a pandemic in between, is very complicated. Arturo Vidal already said it, they have had little time to get to know each other and work, “he points out.
“At no time do we think about a change of coach. I know that some information came out saying that if he did not win two games we would exchange him for ‘Pimi’, but that was never discussed. Not with Abidal, not with Plans or on the board of directors. Setien is our coach, “he insists.
As for the Barça bench, the culé leader made it clear that there are no negotiations with anyone. “We have not spoken with anyone. Neither with Laurent Blanc nor with anyone. With Xavi I do speak because we have a good relationship, but he recently renewed with his team. Xavi will come one day to train at Barça. And he will decide when,” he says. .