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‘Am I going to shine the bench in Barcelona?’ – Former Blaugrana defender Mathieu did not need Camp Nou transfer

The French defender says the one motive he left Valencia was due to their refusal to supply him improved contract phrases

Former Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has admitted that he did not need to transfer to Camp Nou in 2014 as a result of he knew he must “polish the bench”.

Barca snapped Mathieu up from Valencia for €20 million (£17m/$24m) seven years in the past, tying him all the way down to a four-season contract.

The Frenchman received loads of silverware throughout his time in Catalonia however by no means managed to ascertain himself as a daily within the beginning XI, and has now revealed that he would have most well-liked to proceed his profession at Mestalla.

What’s been mentioned?

“I did not need to go to Barca. When the membership requested me, I used to be captain in Valencia, I used to be having fun with my life there and I used to be questioning: am I going to shine the bench in Barcelona?” Mathieu instructed L’Equipe.

“After I obtained the contract that Barcelona provided me, I drew up a brand new contract, on which there was a wage of a degree between the one I used to be receiving at the moment and the one Barca provided me. 

“I confirmed this pretend contract to Valencia’s sporting director [Francisco] Rufete, telling him: ‘Should you give me that, I am going to keep.’ He replied, ‘That should not be an issue.’

“We known as collectively the president who refused. Rufete could not consider it. I tore up the paper and mentioned to them: ‘So I am going.’ I understood that they weren’t relying on me.”

Mathieu’s document at Barcelona

Mathieu picked up 9 trophies throughout his three-year spell at Camp Nou, together with two Liga titles and the Champions League.

The one-time France worldwide made 91 appearances throughout all competitions for Barca, scoring three objectives, however solely began 47 video games in La Liga.

He left Camp Nou in 2017 earlier than becoming a member of Sporting CP on a free switch, and received three trophies with the Portuguese membership earlier than retiring as a consequence of a severe knee harm final yr.

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