Mathieu joined Barcelona in 2014 and spent 3 seasons on the Nou Camp prior to being offloaded to Sporting Lisbon in the summertime.
The 33-year-old got here face-to-face together with his former employers remaining evening when Barcelona visited Sporting Lisbon within the Champions League.
An own-goal from former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates sealed a 1-Zero win for Barca, who’ve now received each their Champions League outings this season.
And prior to the sport Barca carrying director Fernandez spoke back to claims from Mathieu that he used to be bought at the back of boss Ernesto Valverde’s again.
“The only thing I can do is wish him a lot of luck, in the name of Barcelona, the president and myself,” Fernandez advised beinSPORTS.
“I want him numerous success, hope issues cross neatly for him… there may be not anything else to say.”
Mathieu had way more to say about his Barcelona go out, claiming if he used to be to rating in opposition to his previous staff he would have devoted it to Fernandez and president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“I’ve numerous appreciate for my former teammates and the fanatics,” he stated.
“If I have a good time, it is going to be on account of Bartomeu and Robert Fernandez, since the method they handled me made issues in point of fact tricky.
“It used to be simply the ones two. But that is soccer, and I am satisfied now. I am not stricken to any extent further.
Mathieu added: “Robert advised me he wasn’t reckoning on me.
“I sought after to communicate with Valverde. I known as him, however he concept that I sought after to depart.
“I performed so much at Barcelona, I received titles, and the one factor that hurts is that folks say I did not play a lot.
“In the primary season I performed 58 p.c of suits and I scored necessary targets. In the second one season rather less, round 54 p.c, which used to be additionally advantageous.
“But within the ultimate 12 months issues have been tricky, with accidents and a insecurity from the executive.
“The problem was that Luis Enrique didn’t talk with the players much and I didn’t know what to do to play more.”