Arturo Vidal ‘lacked respect’ for Barcelona team-mates, says sporting director Pep Segura

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Last Updated: 11/10/18 4:51pm

Arturo Vidal is not happy with his lack of playing time at Barcelona Arturo Vidal is not happy with his lack of playing time at Barcelona

Arturo Vidal is not happy with his lack of playing time at Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal “lacked respect” for his team-mates by complaining on social media about his lack of playing time, says the club’s sporting director Pep Segura.

Chilean international Vidal has started only two games for the Catalan giants since his summer move to the Nou Camp from Bayern Munich.

The former Juventus man competing with Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Brazilian trio Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Rafinha for places in a quality-packed Barca midfield.

He recently took his frustration out by posting messages on his Instagram account featuring angry or frustrated emojis.

Segura, speaking to the Catalan daily Sport, said: “A professional has to show respect for his team-mates, for the dressing room and for the coach even if the decisions that are taken are not always the ones he expects.

“Vidal knows he’s made a mistake and that he’s lacked respect for his teammates. I’m sure he will make amends.”

Coach Ernesto Valverde has opted to start Arthur in recent matches, with Vidal not playing at all in Barca’s 1-1 draw at Valencia in La Liga on Sunday and appearing for just three minutes against Tottenham in the Champions League last week.

Vidal’s frustrations were evident when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday after joining up with the Chilean national team.

“I am somebody who has always fought, been at the best teams in the world, won everything and who wants to continue winning at Barcelona,” Vidal said, according to Diario Sport.

“I am fine physically and happy. In the past few games I have been a bit annoyed but that is how it is, we will keep battling. There are a lot of important games ahead and we will see.”

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