Barcelona president condemns Arthur antics: ‘Shows lack of respect to the team’

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has slammed Arthur Melo for his decision not to return to the club anymore. The Brazilian midfielder will move to Juventus once the season is over and during a short holiday he decided he does not want to play for Barcelona anymore. Bartomeu was asked about the situation and he did not hold back any wordsn.

“What Arthur has done shows a lack of respect for his team-mates because the team wants to do well in the Champions League,” Bartomeu told SPORT. “It is not logical that playing for such an important title, a player decides to remove himself. It is unjustifiable and totally incomprehensible.”

“We reached the agreement that until the Champions League ended he would continue playing for Barca, both in the league and in the Champions League. He is a player who has a certain importance in the team and who could help us.” Arthur will complete an €80m move to Juventus next season with Miralem Pjanic moving the other way around.

“But he did not appear from the return of the mini-vacations. 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. No one has given him permission.”