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Barcelona: Vidal files claim against club over unpaid bonuses

Arturo Vidal is demanding 2.4m euros from Barcelona in allegedly unpaid bonuses, but the club feel it is just a tactic to force through a move.

Barcelona: Vidal files claim against club over unpaid bonuses
ALBERT GEA REUTERS

Arturo Vidal has reported his current club, Barcelona, for allegedly owing him 2.4m euros in unpaid bonuses from last season.

The claim, lodged with LaLiga and AFE, Spain's players' union, was first revealed by the newspaper ABC on Friday and has since been confirmed by AS.

Barcelona feel Vidal claim an attempt to push through exit

According to ABC, Barça say Vidal has misinterpreted the clauses in his contract and do not agree that he is due the bonuses that he is demanding.

Furthermore, the LaLiga club suspect this is merely a maneouvre on the part of the player to force through his departure from the Camp Nou.

Vidal is keen to leave in January and, with Inter Milan interested in signing the Chilean international, it is felt the claim is aimed at accelerating the already advanced talks between the two clubs.

"I think it's unfair if that money is missing"

Discussing the matter with the media outlet ADN in his native Chile on Friday, Vidal said: "That's not down to me, it's down to my agent and my lawyer, who look after bonuses and these things."

The 32-year-old went on: "Of course I think it's unfair if that money is missing."

Asked about his future, Vidal said: "That's an issue I said I'd talk about when I'm back in Spain. Right now I'm on holiday".