Barcelona news: Jeremy Mathieu clashes with Lionel Messi
Mathieu joined Barcelona in 2014 and spent three seasons at the Nou Camp before being offloaded to Sporting Lisbon in the summer.
The 33-year-old came face-to-face with his former employers last night when Barcelona visited Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League.
An own-goal from former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates sealed a 1-0 win for Barca, who have now won both their Champions League outings this season.
And before the game Barca sporting director Fernandez responded to claims from Mathieu that he was sold behind boss Ernesto Valverde’s back.
“The only thing I can do is wish him a lot of luck, in the name of Barcelona, the president and myself,” Fernandez told beinSPORTS.
“I wish him a lot of luck, hope things go well for him… there's nothing else to say."
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Mathieu had far more to say about his Barcelona exit, claiming if he was to score against his old team he would have dedicated it to Fernandez and president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
"I have a lot of respect for my former teammates and the fans,” he said.
"If I celebrate, it will be because of Bartomeu and Robert Fernandez, because the way they treated me made things really difficult.
"It was just those two. But that's football, and I'm happy now. I'm not bothered any more.
Mathieu added: "Robert told me he wasn't counting on me.
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“I wanted to talk with Valverde. I called him, but he thought that I wanted to leave.
"I played a lot at Barcelona, I won titles, and the only thing that hurts is that people say I didn't play much.
"In the first season I played 58 percent of matches and I scored important goals. In the second season a little less, around 54 percent, which was also fine.
"But in the final year things were difficult, with injuries and a lack of confidence from the manager.
"The problem was that Luis Enrique didn't talk with the players much and I didn't know what to do to play more."