The French defender says the one cause 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 wish 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 right down to a four-season contract.
The Frenchman gained loads of silverware throughout his time in Catalonia however by no means managed to ascertain himself as an everyday within the beginning XI, and has now revealed that he would have most popular to proceed his profession at Mestalla.
What’s been stated?
“I did not wish 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 advised L’Equipe.
“After I obtained the contract that Barcelona supplied me, I drew up a brand new contract, on which there was a wage of a stage between the one I used to be receiving at the moment and the one Barca supplied me.
“I confirmed this faux contract to Valencia’s sporting director [Francisco] Rufete, telling him: ‘In the event you give me that, I will keep.’ He replied, ‘That should not be an issue.’
“We referred to as collectively the president who refused. Rufete could not imagine it. I tore up the paper and stated 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 targets, 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 gained three trophies with the Portuguese membership earlier than retiring resulting from a severe knee harm final 12 months.