Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal stormed out of Tuesday’s training session after learning he would not start against Real Madrid on Wednesday, sources have told ESPN.
Vidal, 32, usually stays on after training for shooting practice with a number of other first-team players but left early when coach Ernesto Valverde revealed he would sit on the bench in the Clasico.
Several players tried to comfort Vidal but the Chilean international, who the club fear could now push for a January move away from Camp Nou, could not be calmed down.
Inter Milan, coached by Antonio Conte, who worked with Vidal previously at Juventus, are long-time admirers of the former Bayern Munich man.
Barcelona are aware of the comments he made in Chile last month, when he said if he wasn’t playing and didn’t feel important he would have to move on.
Since then, he’s started just once — a meaningless match against Inter in the Champions League — and has seen Ivan Rakitic, who had previously made just one start in 17 games, return to the team ahead of him.
In total, he has made 17 appearances this season, scoring four goals, but 12 of those outings have been as a substitute.