Young retiree, former French defender Jérémy Mathieu, 37, rose to fame at Barça between 2014 and 2017. The left-hander did not want to join the Catalan giant, however, as he revealed to L’Equipe on Saturday.
Hard to believe and yet … Despite a contract proposal, we found a player not warm to sign for Barça. This player is French and is called Jérémy Mathieu. He will still end up engaging with Lionel Messi’s team in 2014.
“I did not w ant to go to Barça, reveals the young retiree of 37 years on Saturday in the columns of L’Equipe. When the club asked me, I was captain in Valencia, I enjoyed my life there and I was wondering: am I going to polish the bench in Barcelona? “
A bogus contract to stay in Valencia
The versatile left-hander capable of evolving to the post of central defender or left-back (5 selections with the Blues) then invents an improbable ploy to avoid signing for Barça: “When I received the contract offered to me by Barcelona, I drew up a new contract, on which was a salary of a level between the one I was receiving at the time and the one Barça offered me. I showed this fake contract to Valencia’s sporting director, (Francisco) Rufete , telling him: “If you give me that, I’ll stay.” He replied: “It shouldn’t be a problem.” We called together the president (Amadeo Salvo), who refused. Rufete didn’t I couldn’t believe it … I tore the paper up and said, “So I’m going.” I understood that they weren’t counting on me. “
Between 2014 and 2019, the one who finished his career in Portugal, at Sporting, still took advantage of his time at Barça to generously garnish his record with a Champions League (2015), a European Supercup (2015), a Club World Cup (2015), two Liga (2015, 2016), two Copa del Rey (2015 to 2017), one Spanish Super Cup (2016). Like what, it was still worth it to join Lionel Messi.