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He played 17 minutes for Barca, they released him with an email and condemned them for millions

Barcelona’s transfer policy in recent years is definitely not something the club’s supporters are proud of. President Joan Laporta has returned on a white horse with loud promises that he will do everything possible to fix the problems left by his predecessors, but…

Now he himself and the management under him find themselves in a confusing situation, which was not bequeathed to them by the previous bosses, but created by themselves. We are talking about Mateus Fernandez, who was bought from Palmeiras in January 2020. Immediately after his transfer to Spain, however, he was sent on loan to Valladolid.

On his return to Camp Nou, the Brazilian central midfielder played all 17 minutes – in the Champions League against Dynamo (Kyiv), but he can boast of having won the King’s Cup, although he did not have a second on the field in the tournament. He was in the group for the matches.

The South American became another transfer disappointment for “los cules” and at the end of June 2021 he was released by the Spanish giant. A decision of which he was notified by means of an e-mail message.

Quite logically, Fernandez, who is now again the property of Palmeiras, decided to seek his rights in court, and according to the latest data of the local publication El Espanol, a Catalan court ruled in favor of Mateus.

And so the player with just 17 minutes for Barca should receive more than €8 million in compensation for his departure from the club. A higher amount than what was paid to attract him (€7 million).

“I had a contract until 2025, and they sent me a message that I was released. This happened after they asked me if my email address was the same. Then I got an email saying that they were terminating my contract. Nothing more. They didn’t even call to to say “goodbye” to me or something like that”, commented the player himself to Globoesporte in his homeland.



The release of Fernandez was part of an operation by which Barcelona tried to get out of the huge financial hole they were in to keep Lionel Messi.

Something that failed to become a fact. And now it will cost the Spaniards more money.

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