In an interview with RAC1, the Chilean midfielder opened up about his lack of play time with the Catalan team since the start of the season.

Vidal moved to Barcelona from German side Bayern Munich last summer for a fee reported to be around โ‚ฌ19 million.

This season, the 31-year old only started two matches between August and November and this was surely not what he expected when joining the Spanish giants in the summer.

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The Chilean now seems to have settled in at Barca. (AFP)

The former Juventus midfielder first made his frustration public in October after being left out of the Champions League fixture against Tottenham when he posted an angry emoji on Instagram stories.

He never denied feeling frustrated but now admits that things have improved and the matter is now forgotten. In October, Vidal got his first Barca goal against arch-rivals Real Madrid in a 5-1 win at the Camp Nou.

“There was a little bit of annoyance, but it’s in the past,” he said to RAC1. “A player always wants to play and to be important. You come here to contribute, not to cause problems in such an important team.

“It was a little bit of a heated thing, but it’s in the past. I’m only thinking about working, doing things well and winning titles.”

In fact, since late November, ย the Chilean started all the matches including La Liga top match against Atletico Madrid and the Champions League fixture against PSV three weeks ago.

Even though he seems to have gained a spot in the starting eleven, Vidal still thinks he should not be considered as an automatic starter and believes that the starting spot needs to be earned through hard work and dedication.

“I don’t feel like a starter, but this is something that is earned training session to training session and whenever you are called upon to play,” he said. “No player can feel like a starter here, as whoever is playing best will be in the line-up.

Vidal acknowledges the fact that he has certain qualities which are unique within the team and therefore can help the coach try certain tactics which would not be possible with the other players in the team. ย 

“I try to do what the coach wants and give what I know from my career. I can steal balls, attack and defend, and give my best.

“Some people get confused and aren’t sure what it is I do. There aren’t many midfielders who can do what I can, which is to go box to box. This is good for the team.”

 

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