Sunday 2 August 2020
Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona, confirmed that the club decided to take measures against Brazilian Arthur Melo because he refused to play with the team, stressing that he left the club because he will earn three times his current salary in Juventus, starting from next season.
Barcelona and Juventus officially completed the exchange last month, as Arthur moved to Juventus in exchange for the Bosnian Miralem Pjanic joining Barca and 10 million euros in cash, but the Brazilian was angry at the way he left the “Camp Nou”.
“We wanted to renew Arthur’s contract but the economic situation is complicated,” Bartomeo said, in comments to the Catalan newspaper “Sport”. Besides, Arthur received a good offer from another club that has Pianic, Miralem is a player we have been interested in for a long time. ”
He added: “That is why Arthur decided to leave Barcelona, where he was unable to make himself an indispensable player here, and above all he will receive three times his current salary, because the financial situation in Italy is very beneficial.”
Arthur is still angry with Barcelona and refuses to attend training after the end of the Spanish League, and therefore will not participate with the team in the Champions League when he hosts Napoli in the “Camp Nou” stadium in the second round of the competition Saturday.
Bartomio continued: “We agreed with Arthur that he would play for Barcelona until the end of the season, he is an important player and can help us, but he did not attend and this is an unacceptable behavior, so we decided to take action against him, as he showed an unacceptable disrespect to his teammates and the club, and this is unjustified.”
“We must analyze what happened and try to understand the reasons. We will ask the player about his motives for this behavior, but there will definitely be penalties, if the individual does not do what he has to work and he will not be paid,” the Barcelona president concluded.