Arturo Vidal admitted he is not happy with his limited playing time at Barcelona, though the midfielder insisted he would tell Ernesto Valverde directly if he had a problem with the head coach.Vidal has been in the headlines after reacting angrily to his benching in Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Tottenham in the Champions League last week – the Chile international using social media to voice his frustration.An angry emoji was posted on social media by Vidal – who arrived from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the off-season – following the match at Wembley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Vidal was also absent from Valverde’s starting XI for Barca’s 1-1 draw away to Valencia in LaLiga on Sunday.Asked about the situation at Camp Nou, the 31-year-old – who is in Miami for Chile’s friendly against Peru on Friday before heading to Queretaro to face Mexico four days later – 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.”Vidal was quizzed specifically on his social media activity after quickly deleting a message, which read, “You don’t need to fight with Judases, they end up hanging themselves.””When I have a problem or I am angry then I go straight to the coach and I speak to him,” he said. “You can have various reasons for doing these things.”It [the Judas message] was nothing to do with anything sporting and I took it down to stop people speculating. There are personal things, jokes which you can put on social media and people take the wrong way.”
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is all set to meet India captain Virat Kohli , head coach Ravi Shastri and former skipper MS Dhoni in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the pay hike of the players.Kohli and Shastri are also likely to bring up Team India’s schedule which currently. India have so far played 10 Tests, 26 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals this year. They are yet to play 1 Test, 3 ODIs and 3 T20 Internationals before embarking on the tour of South Africa.On the eve of the Kolkata Test, Kohi had said he might also need a break whenever he needed it because he was not a robot. He has been among the busiest cricketers in the world in 2017, having missed a solitary Test against Australia due to an injury.”Tough to speak on workload. There’s a lot of talk about whether players should be rested or not. From the outside it looks like why are people asking for rest. Everyone played same number of games. But it’s important to understand that not everyone had the same kind of workload in every game that you play. We have built such a strong core team now of 20-25 players, you don’t want important players breaking down at important times. That is where the balance needs to be maintained. It’s humanly impossible to maintain the same kind of intensity for a player who plays all three formats. Definitely, I do need a rest. When I think that my body needs to be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot you can cut my skin and check,I bleed” Kohli had said.advertisementThen before the Nagpur Test, Kohli said India could have done with more preparatory time to gear up for the South African tour where the first Test gets underway on January 5.The Indian team representatives will also bring up a request for a pay hike. BCCI had recently doubled the payments made to the players under the central contracts. After the board landed a huge deal for IPL broadcast rights, the players are seeking an increment..”Surely, players’ request with regards to better preparation time before tours will be looked at. In September, we had offered Test players to go to South Africa during the ODIs and T20Is against Sri Lanka, so that they get decent time to acclimatise to the conditions in South Africa,” COA member Diana Edulji told India Today.It was also learnt players would be given more time in England before their matches start on the tour.However, the question is: even if the CoA does agree to the players’ demands, will the BCCI agree?Any decision thus taken would have to be ratified by BCCI’s general body meeting and the next BCCI SGM is scheduled for December 11.