“It is not possible to extend his contract by the amounts he is asking for,” the club president said. “He has a better offer, Barcelona can not compete with that offer. He finally decided he wanted to move, and so the deal went through. What he did afterwards was disrespect to his teammates. The team wants to succeed in the Champions League, so it makes no sense for a player to delete the player. “Himself from the faculty when fighting for such an important degree. There is no justification for that.”
“There was an agreement until the end of the Champions League he will continue to play for Barça,” Bartomeu added. “He is a player of some importance in the squad, he can still contribute. But he did not return after the short vacations the players had. It is an unacceptable and undisciplined move. He decided to stay in Brazil, but no one confirmed it to him.”
The president also went on to make it clear that Kika Stein will remain the Catalans’ coach: “He has a contract. When we brought him to the coaching position, we explained to him that this is a project that will start this season and move on. Measuring a coach for several months Vidal said they had very little time to get to know and work together. At no point did we consider changing coaches. I heard rumors that we were thinking of firing him after a few losses, but that’s not a matter at all. We did not talk to replacements at all. With Xavi I do talk .
[@albert_roge] | Bartomeu noted that Arthur’s transfer was brought on by the player himself
Bartomeu: “We couldn’t renew his contract due to the amount he wanted, he had a better offer, he explained this, Barça couldn’t match it, he decided to leave and the operation began.” pic.twitter.com/vlpMNMvCnt
– BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 1, 2020