Chile coach explains why he didn't call up Vidal
- Arturo hasn't been called up to represent Chile.
- National team coach Rueda says he wanted to give Vidal a longer vacation.
- The free time will allow the Chilean to get in shape for the season.
Arturo Vidal is one of the few Barcelona players who hasn't been called up to represent his national side. Instead, the player will have the chance to train with the rest of the squad, with Ernesto Valverde planning three training sessions for the week and four rest days.
Chile's national team coach Reinaldo Rueda has explained in a recent press conference why he didn't call up the Blaugrana midfielder for the friendly matches against Argentina and Honduras:
"Arturo had a late vacation and was one of the last to join Barca. They [Vidal and Gary Medel] are men that I need and I know that we lose a lot without them, but I had to give them time to start their leagues well. I like to invest and I hope that we will see them in March. It was a subject that I discussed with them and concluded that it was the best," Rueda argued.
Currently, Valverde has only six available players: Gerard Pique, Jean-Clair Todibo, Moussa Wague, Arturo Vidal, Rafinha, and Sergi Roberto. However, the absence of the main group could be a good opportunity to call up the boys from the B team.
This is due to the incredibly low number of players currently available, as there are 11 players who have left to represent their national teams: