Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has hit out at his own club for only having ’13 professional players’ and hinted at his displeasure of having so many young youth products in the first-team.
The Catalan club are in crisis at the moment following a trophyless season, compounded by the shock 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this month.
New manager Ronald Koeman is planning an overhaul of the Barcelona squad, which could see the likes of Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets make way for younger players, but Vidal claims that the LaLiga giants need better players rather than academy products.
Vidal told Daniel Habif’s YouTube channel: ‘The last three years are not what a team like Barcelona deserves. The best team in the world cannot have 13 professional players. You cannot always win with DNA.
‘(Lionel) Messi is the best in the world, an extraterrestrial, but he needs help so that better results can be achieved.’
The Catalans lost the LaLiga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid this summer, while they were also knocked out of the Copa Del Rey earlier this year.
Barcelona have also been rocked by Messi’s shock transfer request this week, meaning the LaLiga giants could be forced to lose their captain and talisman this summer, with Manchester City lurking around his signature.
Vidal is another player who could end up leaving the Camp Nou this summer, with the 33-year-old midfielder linked with a move to Inter Milan.
When asked whether Barcelona’s players were ‘transferable’ this summer, Vidal said: ‘I have never understood placing the players with that word. It is very ugly.
‘If a player wants to leave or you want to sell him, find him a team but don’t say so. It is to pass it on, and each person needs respect.’
The Chilean midfielder issued a come-and-get-me-plea in the interview to clubs interested in his services from this summer.
However, Vidal confirmed that he would not sign for fellow LaLiga giants Real Madrid, as he has enjoyed a healthy relationship with the Barcelona faithful.
He added: ‘I am in a situation of being thrown away to see if someone wants to receive me.
‘I have earned the complete affection of the people of Barcelona, that is why I would not play for Real Madrid.’