Josep María Bartomeu, President of FC Barcelona, has given an interview to the Sport newspaper, in which he has reviewed some current issues such as the situation of Arthur. In the progress of the interview, the leader stated that the media “has disrespected” his teammates and the club.
Bartomeu, upset with Arthur
“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 himself. It is unjustifiable and totally incomprehensible, “he said.
“We agreed that until the Champions League ended, he would continue to play for Barça, both in the League and in the Champions. He is a player who has a certain importance in the team and who could help us. But he did not appear from the return of the It is an unacceptable act of indiscipline. 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. has given permission, “he said.
The president shows confidence in Setién
“Setien has a contract. When we hired him, we explained to him that it was a project for this season and the whole of the following. Measuring a coach for a few months, with a pandemic in between, is very complicated. Arturo Vidal already said, they have had little time to get to know and work, “he said of the continuity of the Cantabrian.
“At no time did 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 change him to ‘Pimi’, but that was never discussed. Neither with Abidal, nor with Planes nor on the board of directors. Setien is our coach. “We haven’t spoken to anyone. Not with Laurent Blanc or with anyone. I do talk to Xavi 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 said.
Shield Ansu Fati, the great Blaugrana objective
“No formal offers have come, but there has been interest from some clubs. Barça’s answer has been ‘no’. Ansu is not for sale. It is essential for the future of this club. It represents that farmhouse from which players come out , they learn and consolidate in the first team, “he assured.