Former Barcelona player Rivaldo spoke regarding his compatriot Arthur Melo and FC Barcelona in general in an interview with Betfair.
On Arthur Melo:
“I am sure Setién wanted Arthur to still be available to him because he is one of the best and he would be useful. It is sad to see it end like this. This is certainly not what Arthur wanted when he left Gremio for Europe. No one can blame Arthur for his actions. Obviously, the management and the coaches decided that Arthur should not be a part of the team, because, after the Juventus deal, he might not give his 100%.”
On Lionel Messi’s earlier words:
“I agree with Messi. The team needs to improve if they want to get past Napoli. To do that, they have to focus on their game and forget about the disappointing league campaign.”
On Barça’s Champions League rival Napoli and Setién’s future:
“Without a crowd, Gattuso’s team will not feel the same pressure and will play with confidence. Elimination against Napoli will certainly mean the end of Setién’s tenure at Barça.”
On Philippe Coutinho:
“It is difficult to see Coutinho in the Barça again. The best option for him is to return to England because it is a league suitable for his traits. He can play for Arsenal, Leicester, or Tottenham and prove that he is a world-class player.”
Messi and Suarez share a farewell message for Arturo Vidal
Inter Milan announced the signing of Arturo Vidal who will join the Italian club after his medical tests. Barcelona heavy-weights Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez shared a message to the Chilean:
Lionel Messi: “I knew you from facing each other, and you always seemed like a phenomenon, but then I was lucky enough to meet you personally and you surprised me even more. It was two years of sharing a lot of things and you noticed a lot, the locker room will miss you. I wish you all the best in this new phase at your new club. Our paths will cross again for sure.”
Luis Suarez: “Having you as a rival was unbearable because of how great you are as a player, but having you as a teammate, friend, and knowing you as a person is even bigger! A pleasure to have been with a star player like you. I wish you all the best.”
Vidal played a total of 96 games for Barcelona, scoring 11 goals and making 10 assists during the two seasons he spent at the Catalan club.