A veteran midfielder linked with Man Utd stormed out of Barcelona’s pre-Clasico training session on Tuesday, ramping up speculation a move away will soon come to fruition, claims multiple reports.
32-year-old Arturo Vidal’s future has been the subject of great interest in recent times, with his gradual slide down Ernesto Valverde’s midfield pecking order seemingly signalling the end is near for his Catalonian career.
Man Utd have been touted as a possible landing spot, with Valverde himself recently dropping a strong hint the Chilean will be departing Spain soon.
Now, reports from ESPN and Goal.com have revealed that Vidal “reacted furiously” to the news he would be snubbed from the Clasico starting line-up, with the player being sure to make his “discontent known to team-mates.”
The Goal report continues that “several players attempted to calm down the player,” but were unable to resolve the situation with Vidal “walking out of Tuesday’s practice.”
Speaking to Catalonian public broadcaster TV3, Vidal recently heightened speculation surrounding his exit, saying: “I would like to stay here forever, but I have to be objective and look at things from day to day.
“If in December or at the end of the season I don’t feel that I am important here I will have to look for a solution and widen my horizons to be important.”
Vidal did indeed have to settle for a place on the bench of Wednesday night’s clash with Real Madrid, though did come on as a second half substitute as the two Spanish powerhouses played out a 0-0 stalemate.
A move to Man Utd would fly in the face of the recent transfer strategy employed by Utd chiefs.
However, for a team that has boasted the league’s youngest average starting eleven this term at exactly 24 years of age versus Brighton, his experience could be seen as a vital component to help develop the games of various youngsters around him.