Posted on May 30, 2007
Barcelona full-back Juliano Belletti has taken a swipe at coach Frank Rijkaard over a lack of playing time.
The Brazilian signed a new contract with the club earlier this year but has only been used sparingly by Rijkaard despite some average results that have undermined the Catalans’ season.
“If I had known I would play so little, I would never have renewed my contract,” said Belletti, who has now fully recovered from injury.
“I spoke with the coach before the season began and he said to me that he was counting on me.
“The president even called me and, when receiving his confidence, I chose to stay. But I have hardly played.”
Belletti was the hero in last season’s Champions League final against Arsenal.
After Samuel Eto’o had equalised to level the match at 1-1, Belletti popped up with a late winner to seal the club’s second European Cup triumph.