Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has lifted the lid on his ongoing feud with Chile teammate Claudio Bravo.
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal spilt the beans on his complicated relationship with Manchester City goalkeeper and Chilean teammate Claudio Bravo and why he couldn’t ever envisage them being friends. The duo were named in the same squad during October for the first time in nearly two years and Vidal confirmed that they didn’t speak to each other when they trained together for the national team.
Vidal revealed that the feud dated back to the time when the Manchester City goalkeeper’s wife made sensational claims about Chile’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Chile were cruising towards qualification but a 3-0 defeat to Brazil in the final match of the qualification stage resulted in the South Americans missing out on a place in the World Cup finals.
Bravo’s wife blasted the entire squad, barring her husband, for being unprofessional. “I know that the majority worked their arses off, while others went out partying and didn’t even train because of the (level of) drunkenness they had,” Carla Pardo Lizana wrote on Instagram. Vidal admitted that the accusations had infuriated the senior members of the squad and worsened the relationship between the two.
Vidal even went on to claim that Bravo will never be his friend and that he won’t be the one to break the silence between them. “Bravo’s wife accused us of partying during qualification for the World Cup in Russia and not training because of drunkenness,” Vidal told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. “One of the two of us must take a step forward and it wasn’t me, for that reason I didn’t make any problems and we both trained individually,” Vidal added.
Chile drew 0-0 with Colombia in an October friendly before beating Guinea 3-2. Vidal and Bravo started together in both matches. “He gave everything, as did I, the team could see that. We’re not friends, nor will we be, but the national team is the most important thing. I have said things [to Bravo] and I don’t have any reason to say them in the press. I am man enough to say things face to face. I don’t know if he understood what I said, but we haven’t spoken again since then,” Vidal said.
Claudio Bravo spent two seasons at the Camp Nou between 2014 and 2016. Vidal, on the other hand, isn’t happy at Barcelona after falling down the pecking order at Camp Nou. The Chilean could be on the way out in winter with several clubs heavily interested. Vidal has received offers from unnamed Chinese and Serie A clubs but reportedly prefers a return to Italy and Inter are tipped to be on the pole position to sign the midfielder.