Released Barcelona star slams club in explosive interview

Former Barcelona player Matheus Fernandes has slammed the club after they released him last month, claiming that they ‘didn’t treat him as a footballer’.

The Brazilian joined the Spanish giants from Palmeiras in 2020 for around €10million but only made one appearance for the club; a 17-minute cameo against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League.

Upon his arrival, Fernandes did not receive an official presentation and was released by the club in July this year, with his five-year contract being terminated.

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The 23-year-old returned to Palmeiras after leaving Barcelona, and has recently slammed his former employers in an interview with Brazilian publication Globo Esporte (via Football Espana).

“I didn’t know, and when they told me I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

“I was at home, I was going out with my wife and I received a message from the club asking if I had the same email address. I confirmed and then received it.

“I didn’t understand it, I sent it to my manager and lawyer. They said it was my dismissal. Time passed and my name came out in the press. No conversation, nothing, they didn’t even call to say hello and goodbye.

“I always had the dream as a child to play for Barcelona. When I got there, they didn’t treat me as a footballer. I told the director that he didn’t treat me like a professional Barcelona player.

“I was a Barcelona player, and I wanted to be treated like one. The other signings had a presentation and I didn’t. I was upset. Looking at it from the outside I thought one thing but when I got there they treated me differently.”

His termination could be down to the fact that Barca are struggling to comply with LaLiga’s salary rules.

It has been rumoured that the Catalan club will be unable to register their new signings due to the league’s strict salary limits.

Fernandes will now be hoping to find form at Palmeiras, where his contract will run until 2025.

“I know my potential. It’s not the club that’s going to tarnish my career. I’m going to work at Palmeiras, train hard and play hard. There are still many things to happen, I can become a great player at Palmeiras,” he added.

Radio Barcelona have reported that the midfielder is likely to try and sue Barca for unfair dismissal.

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