Matheus Fernandes has blasted Barcelona’s handling, stating that he was released via email without a ‘goodbye.’ The club signed the 23-year-old Brazilian in January 2020, but he only played 17 minutes throughout his stay at the Nou Camp.
The club terminated his contract this summer, and he has returned to Brazilian side Palmeiras, whom he left to join the Spanish club. According to Marca, Fernandes is preparing to sue the club, which is attempting to recoup funds in the midst of a financial crisis.
When Globo Esporte pressed Fernandes to explain his departure, he responded, ‘I didn’t know [about being released], and when they told me, I couldn’t believe it.’ ‘I was at home, about to go out with my wife, when I got a message from the club asking if we shared the same email address.’
I verified, and then I got it.’
His only appearance for Barcelona came as a second-half substitute in a Champions League group stage encounter against Dynamo Kyiv. Fernandes has stated that he does not understand why Barcelona let him leave, despite the fact that it was his childhood desire to play for them.
‘Because I didn’t comprehend it, I forwarded it to my management and lawyer.’
They said it was due to my dismissal. ‘I always wanted to play for Barcelona as a kid,’ Fernandes revealed as he slammed the Spanish football behemoths.
‘When I first arrived, they didn’t treat me like a footballer. I complained to the director because he did not treat me as a professional Barcelona player.
‘I was a Barcelona player, and I expected to be treated as such.’I didn’t have a presentation like the other signings. I was irritated.
‘From the outside, I assumed one thing, but when I went there, they treated me differently.’
Fernandes did not join Barcelona until the summer of 2020 after spending the second half of the 2019-20 season on loan at Real Vallodolid, where he made three appearances. Barcelona is trying to reduce its pay bill this summer, with high-earners such as Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti, and Phillipe Coutinho all potentially departing the club.
Despite all of this, the club still needs to sign free agent Lionel Messi to a new contract.