Arturo Vidal 'not happy' at lack of game time at Barcelona

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The Chile midfielder, 31, moved to the Nou Camp from Bayern Munich on a three-year deal this summer and has started twice in six appearances so far.

He has yet to last a full 90 minutes and admits to being “irritated” by the situation.

But Vidal, who is in Miami for Chile’s friendly against Peru on Friday, said he has talked things through with Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

He told reporters: “I am not happy but if I have a problem with the coach I will say it to his face.

“How am I going to be happy if I don’t play, and me of all people? I am someone that has always fought, that has been in the best teams in the world, that has won everything and who wants to continue winning at Barcelona.

“I am fine physically and happy. In the past few games I have been a little irritated but that’s how it is, we will keep battling, there are a lot of important games ahead and we will see.”

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Lionel Messi is a 'player you can really enjoy' says Belgium boss Roberto Martinez

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Wizard: Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has been lauded by Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, with the Spaniard hailing the Barcelona icon as one of the best around to watch.

The former Wigan and Everton boss, who guided the Red Devils to the semi-finals at the World Cup in Russia last summer, believes it is hard to do Messi justice with words – but he himself is a big admirer.

“He (Messi) is a player you can really enjoy,” Martinez told Barcelona.com.

“When he is out on the field, and he’s at a level like the one he showed in England, that’s something everyone can appreciate.”

Messi has been in fine form this season, registering 11 goals in as many games.

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde explains late substitutions against Valencia

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Interesting revelation: Ernesto Valverde.

Ernesto Valverde has admitted he was indecisive about making substitutions against Valencia while Barcelona were chasing a winner.

Lionel Messi had cancelled out Valencia’s second-minute goal with an equaliser 20 minutes later, but Barca couldn’t find another goal to take home all three points and end their winless run in La Liga, which now stands at four games.

Valverde waited until the 84th minute to make his first substitution, bringing on Ousmane Dembele for Philippe Coutinho, before making another switch just two minutes later when he replaced midfielder Arthur with Rafinha.

“I left the substitutions until the end because I wasn’t sure about which moves to make,” the Barca manager said.

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