Arturo Vidal reveals he REFUSES to talk to Claudio Bravo on international duty and they are not friends, after his team-mate’s wife accused him of partying and drunkenness at the World Cup
- Arturo Vidal has revealed he isn’t on speaking terms with Claudio Bravo
- The pair were recently named in same Chile squad for the first time in two years
- Vidal says he didn’t speak to Bravo but that both of them remained professional
- Bravo’s wife made sensational claims about Chile players being ‘drunk’ in 2017
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has lifted the lid on his ongoing feud with Chile team-mate Claudio Bravo.
The pair were recently named in the same national team squad for the first time in two years but didn’t speak to one another despite sharing the same dressing room.
And Vidal has now spoken about the reasons behind his frosty relationship with Bravo and says he can’t ever envisage them being close.
Arturo Vidal has revealed he isn’t on speaking terms with Chile team-mate Claudio Bravo
Vidal is angry with comments made by Bravo’s wife questioning his professionalism
Carla Pardo Lizana accused Chile’s players of failing to train due to drunkenness
The feud links back to 2017, when Manchester City goalkeeper Bravo’s wife made sensational claims about Chile’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Carla Pardo Lizana wrote on Instagram: ‘I know that the majority worked their arses off, while others went out partying and didn’t even train because of the (level of) drunkenness they had.’
The comments infuriated senior members of Chile’s squad, with Vidal now making it clear the accusations have ended any relationship between the two players.
‘Bravo’s wife accused us of partying during qualification for the World Cup in Russia and not training because of drunkenness,’ Vidal, 32, told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.
Lizana’s comments appear to have driven a divide between her husband and team-mate Vidal
Vidal celebrates scoring against Guinea in the international break earlier this month
‘One of the two of us must take a step forward and it isn’t me, for that reason I didn’t make any problems (at the recent training camp) and we both trained individually.
‘He gave everything, as did I, the team could see that. We’re not friends, nor will we be, but the national team is the most important thing.’
Bravo and Barcelona star Vidal, who both have over 100 Chile caps, are long-term team-mates but their bond has now entirely deteriorated.
‘I have said things [to Bravo] and I don’t have any reason to say them in the press,’ Vidal continued. ‘I am man enough to say things face to face. I don’t know if he understood what I said, but we haven’t spoken again since then.’
Chile drew 0-0 with Colombia in an October friendly before beating Guinea 3-2. Vidal and Bravo started together in both matches.
South American qualifying for the 2020 World Cup is due to begin in March of next year. Chile have friendlies against Bolivia and Peru to come before then, next month.
Vidal says the pair, pictured during the Confederations Cup in 2017, will never be friends but will remain professional while on international duty
Vidal also revealed he isn’t happy at Barcelona and hinted at a move to Inter Milan
Vidal also admitted he ‘isn’t happy’ at Barcelona after falling down the pecking order at Camp Nou and discussed reports regarding a potential move to Inter.
He has started just two matches for Barcelona this season.
‘I am not happy, I am not happy,’ he said. ‘All my career I have started and this time it hasn’t happened. I am calm, I am working to turn it over and win the position. I know it will come.
He added: ‘I lived very nice moments with Antonio Conte. The quality leap I gave was thanks to him. In football the most important thing is trust and when a coach of that prestige gives it to you, you improve a lot.’