Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he is not happy with the current situation at Barcelona after the club blocked a summer move.
Interest from Anderlecht and Everton was the most reported moves and it seems as though both of those moves were on the table.
The Belgian confirmed that there were several offers on the table for the player to move but Barcelona blocked a move.
The club told him that he would not be sold because they needed defensive cover in case someone was to get injured during the season.
Though, Vermaelen is unable to play with the youth sides and it looks unlikely that he will be getting a game for the first team this season.
That means that the player is left in an extremely frustrating position when he could be playing in his native Belgium or the Premier League.
Now, Vermaelen has come out to describe the position he is in and what happened between him and the club.
“I had to stay in spite of the interest of several clubs, now I cannot even play with the second team, it is a difficult situation,” he explained.
“It is clear that in a club like Barcelona, three central defenders are not enough, they need four or five.”
“A suspension or an injury will mean that I can return to the squad and these things can happen quickly.
“Whilst things aren’t going well at the moment, next week may be different.”
Sounds like Thomas Vermaelen was keen to play for Barça B given lack of first team minutes. Unfortunately, rules prevent that happening.
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) October 5, 2017
Messi a possible target for Man City?
While Barcelona fans will care little for Vermaelen’s future, they will of star player Lionel Messi.
The player’s contract remains unsigned and a Manchester City player has revealed his side could afford him.