Arturo Vidal slams Barcelona for having just 13 professionals in the squad

Arturo Vidal slams Barcelona for having just 13 professionals in the squad

- Arturo Vidal and his Barcelona team-mates failed to win a laurel last season

- The Chilean professional football star has hit out at his own club

- Vidal claims the club needs to sign established stars and not rely too much on their academy

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Arturo Vidal is the latest Barcelona player to have hit out at the club as the internal crisis rocking the club takes a new height.

In a YouTube chat, Vidal lamented that the club has just 13 professionals and cannot win laurels with that, adding that the Catalan giants’ first team are relying too heavily on Lionel Messi.

Barcelona failed to claim silverware at the just-concluded season which was compounded by their 8-2 embarrassment in the hands of Bayern Munich who knocked them out of the Champions League.

New manager Ronald Koeman has been told to ensure the club’s wage bill reduces and crucial players like Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic have been told to leave.

Vidal slammed the idea saying the club need to get ready made players now rather than relying too much on their academy products, adding that times have changed.

Arturo Vidal slams Barcelona for only having '13 professionals' in the squad
Arturo Vidal slams Barcelona for only having 13 professionals in the first team. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Vidal told Daniel Habif's YouTube channel: “Barcelona have to change their way of thinking. Football has moved on a lot and the [whole] DNA [thing] is being left behind because other teams are improving in other aspects: football at the moment is more physical, more dependent on power and speed and the technical side is sometimes less important."

“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.'

Barca are famous for producing world-class talent at their La Masia academy with the likes of Messi, Gerard Pique and further back Xavi and Andres Iniesta graduating. earlier reported that Sadio Mané is ready to take up the challenge and become Lionel Messi's replacement at Barcelona, according.

The Liverpool striker is willing to reunite with his former boss Ronald Koeman who he played under during his spell at Southampton.

The Senegalese international has established himself as a world class player since joining the Reds finishing in the top five places in the 2019 Ballon d'Or awards.

La Blaugrana will need to meet Mané's £107 million buy-out clause which would be no problem for them to pay.

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