Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has admitted that he is ‘sad’ not to be a starter for the club this season, per Marca.
The Chilean has been limited to just one start this season – during the 4-0 win over Sevilla earlier this month – and last night once again watched on from the substitutes’ bench as the Blaugrana scraped a narrow 2-1 win against Slavia Prague in the Champions League.
As per Transfermarkt, he’s played just 209 minutes this season across the two competitions.
Vidal was introduced for the final 14 minutes of last night’s win, replacing Sergio Busquets in the middle of the park. After the game, the South American admitted his frustrations regarding his lack of game-time to Fox Sports Chile.
“The game was difficult for us, but I am just as sad about not being a starter,” said the 32-year-old. But what is important is that we won.
“It’s difficult [not to be a starter] when physically and football-wise you’re fine, and every time I’ve played I’ve done so in the best way possible.
“It’s the coach’s decision but I’m always ready and I’m waiting for the next few games to play more minutes.
“I will continue to work hard to get back to being a starter.” (via Marca).
Vidal’s chances of regular first-team football do look slim as things stand, with Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Arthur all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order at the Camp Nou this term.
That does not look like changing anytime soon, either, and at 32 years of age it is hard to see who Ernesto Valverde would take out to accommodate Vidal in central midfield.
Busquets and De Jong are arguably two of the best central midfielders in world football, while Arthur has put in some decent displays this season – scoring twice and assisting four times for the Catalans in all competitions.
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